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Gitanas Nausėda presented letters of credence to Lithuanian ambassadors to Finland and Georgia

2020-10-06

President Gitanas Nausėda presented letters of credence to Lithuanian ambassadors to the Republic of Finland and Georgia.

“I wish you strength, wisdom and commitment in representing Lithuania. I am confident that you will promote the name of Lithuania, expand bilateral political, economic and cultural contacts, and contribute to well-being and security in Lithuania and across Europe. May your career paths be successful and interesting,” the President said.

After presenting letters of credence to Ambassador Giedrius Kazakevičius, the President focused on Lithuanian-Finnish relations. Gitanas Nausėda urged the ambassador to place special emphasis on cooperation in security matters as well as on issues discussed within the EU and Nordic-Baltic formats. He underlined that it was necessary to deepen collaboration between Lithuania and Finland in economic, investment, trade, research and innovation, and cultural fields. The President expressed strong hope that Lithuania and Finland would increasingly expand cooperation ties through the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe, and joint development cooperation projects in Eastern Partnership countries.

Speaking to Lithuania’s ambassador to Georgia Andrius Kalindra, the President underscored the necessity to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in security and defense, countering cyber threats, improving information resilience, and promoting historical memory. Gitanas Nausėda pointed out to Mr. Kalindra that he should actively support Georgia’s leadership in implementing the Eastern Partnership political agenda as well as its aspirations for Euro-Atlantic integration, closer contacts with NATO, and better use of the opportunities offered by the EU’s single market.

The President emphasized the need to build up economic cooperation between Lithuania and Georgia, encourage youth exchanges, and develop the untapped potential in science and sports.

Ambassador Andrius Kalindra had previously worked at the Lithuanian embassy in Russia, Lithuania’s Permanent Representation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and Lithuania’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Mr. Kalindra also headed the International and EU Affairs Unit at the Office of the Government. Before being appointed ambassador, he was Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is a graduate of political sciences and international law at Vytautas Magnus University.

Giedrius Kazakevičius had worked at the Lithuanian embassy in Germany and Lithuania’s Permanent Representation to international organizations in Vienna. In 2016, he was appointed Director of the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Kazakevičius graduated physics and political sciences in Vilnius University.

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