President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President met with former Icelandic foreign minister Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson

Tuesday, April 30, Vilnius - President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the former Icelandic foreign minister, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson. This staunch advocate of Lithuania's independence and a good friend of our country is currently a lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, where he conducts an intensive study course "Small Nations in the International System in Theory and Practice".

The meeting focused on mutual relations between Lithuanian and Icelandic nations, the economic situation in Europe, successful experience of the two countries in overcoming the economic crisis, and the upcoming Lithuanian presidency of the EU Council.

The President extended sincere thanks to Iceland's former head of diplomacy for his special personal contribution and strong support to Lithuania in seeking freedom. Iceland was the first country to recognize the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania on 11 March 1990. Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson then was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland.

"The fact that Iceland was the first country in the world to recognize Lithuania also shows personal resolve, courage and political intuition of Iceland's that-time leaders, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson among them. Mr. Hannibalsson's experience and advice to Lithuania remain useful today - more than twenty years after March 11 - when Lithuania is a full and respected member of the international community, the European Union and NATO," the President said.

For his special contribution in re-establishing the independent State of Lithuania, Mr. Hannibalsson was awarded the Commemorative Medal of 13 January in 1992 and the Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas in 1996.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2013.04.30 10:58