President of the Republic of Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Ambassador to the Holy See and the Order of Malta

2017-07-28

Friday, July 28, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Petras Zapolskas, Lithuanian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See and the Order of Malta.

As Europe confronts evolving security challenges, the President said, the moral leadership of the Holy See commits us to stand strong, to defend freedom and peace, and to protect human dignity in Europe and beyond its borders. Lithuania highly values its position on Russia’s aggressive actions and war in Ukraine, promotion of European unity, and concern about environmental issues.

The President emphasized that Pope Francis was very much welcome to visit Lithuania.

Ambassador Petras Zapolskas will also be accredited to the Order of Malta that has been running a relief organization in Lithuania for 26 years, providing assistance to socially vulnerable people with the help of local volunteers. According to the President, close cooperation ties with the Order of Malta are greatly important and its activities in Lithuania should be promoted and expanded.

Petras Zapolskas has been working in diplomatic service since 1991. He was ambassador to Sweden and Italy. Before this appointment, he headed the State and Diplomatic Protocol Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before this appointment, he headed the Personnel Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.08.10 10:10

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