For the first time during his term of office, President Gitanas Nausėda met with foreign ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. The meeting where current issues of international politics and security, as well as the most important issues for Lithuania, were addressed was attended by representatives of 68 countries.
This is an annual meeting, which attracts extraordinary and plenipotentiary foreign representatives residing in Lithuania and those accredited to Lithuania. At the meeting, the President reviewed Lithuania’s achievements over the last year and outlined the main foreign policy directions for the coming year.
According to the President, we have reached a breakthrough in the area of security. In line with its commitment to NATO, Lithuania allocates 2 percent of GDP for defense and intends to steadily increase this spending to 2.5 percent. Allied troops are now stationed in Lithuania, including a battalion-sized U.S. rotational force. Lithuania is actively engaged in international peace-keeping missions.
According to the President, as a responsible member state, Lithuania strives for a strong and competitive Community that is close to its citizens. Our country will continue towards high value added, with special focus placed on innovation, digitalization and green investment. As Lithuania strives to expand the space of peace and stability across Europe, it also actively supports Eastern Partnership and is ready to fully assist those eastern European countries that are moving forward on the path of democracy, human rights and freedoms, and free market-driven development.
At the same time, Lithuania understands and assesses the current change of mood in international politics. Taking it into account, the President has set three key objectives for the future.
First, Lithuania must take a more active role in preventing the development of negative international conjecture scenarios, including uncontrolled migration, unrestrained deterioration of the environmental situation and the divisive emergence of irreconcilable, competing geopolitical and economic blocs in the world. This requires respect for human rights, the principle of free self-determination of countries and value-based policy of cohabitation.
Lithuania’s second objective is to seek global partners, especially in economic cooperation, while retaining an active role in Europe. Lithuania’s long years of orientation to the West, based on its historical experience, unequivocally reflects who we are and where we have always wanted to be. Lithuania wants to continue its active involvement in the discussion about the future of the transatlantic space as our closest political and value-based environment.
Finally, the President highlighted that developing soft power and strengthening the positive image of the country around the world was an immediate task for Lithuania’s foreign policy. In the Presidents view, following our painful lessons of the past, we have to rebuff any attempts to fabricate the history of Lithuania.
According to the President, at the end of thirty years of reestablished independence, Lithuania stands self-confident, proud of making its national security stronger and paving the way for continued economic prosperity.
Last updated 2020.02.19 11:00Back