President of the Republic of Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Ambassador to Canada

2017-08-01

Tuesday, August 1, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Darius Pranckevičius, Lithuanian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada.

At the meeting, the President and the Ambassador discussed the deepening of bilateral relations between Lithuania and Canada in a number of areas including politics, economics and defense.

The President underscored that Canada was a major partner of Lithuania in the international arena and an ally in NATO. Canadian troops, deployed in the NATO’s forward presence battalion in Latvia, contribute to the security of entire region.

Canada is one of the largest global economic powers and a member of G7. An EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will come into effect soon and this necessitates enhancing economic relations between Lithuania and Canada and using all emerging opportunities.

Canadian support is important for Lithuania as it aspires membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Maintaining close relations with Lithuanian community in Canada is key to Lithuania. This country is home to 50 thousand persons of Lithuanian descent.

The Ambassador has been working in diplomatic service since 1991. Pranckevičius served at the Lithuanian embassies in the U.S. and the Netherlands. He was Lithuanian Ambassador to Turkey and Ambassador at Large Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, worked in the Political and Security Committee. Before this appointment, Pranckevičius was Director of the Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.08.10 10:09

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