Tuesday, August 1, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Renatas Norkus, Lithuanian Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom.
The President underscored that it was important for Lithuania to preserve close security, economic and people-to-people relations with the UK even after its withdrawal from the European Union. The United Kingdom is a close and reliable NATO ally that substantially contributes to the security of the Baltic countries. It has undertaken responsibility to lead the international NATO battalion in Estonia while its troops and navy often participated in military exercises in the region.
With the Brexit process ongoing, it is paramount to maintain a very active cooperation between the embassy and Lithuanians residing in the UK. Diplomats have an obligation to provide timely information to the people about expected changes and assist residents and businesses to overcome emerging obstacles.
The President also underscored that it was necessary to provide assistance to the people, who were interested in returning back to Lithuania by presenting all opportunities, providing assistance on consular issues and disseminating success stories. The embassy has to deepen relations of Lithuanians residing in the UK with their homeland and promote relations between Lithuanian communities.
Economic cooperation with the United Kingdom is important for Lithuania as well. The UK is the seventh largest Lithuania’s export market; therefore, the embassy has to help Lithuanian businesses to enhance their presence in the UK as well as to present investment opportunities in Lithuania for the UK businesses.
The Ambassador served at the Permanent Delegation to NATO and the Embassy in the U.S. In 2004-2008, Norkus was Vice-Minister of National Defense. Later he served as Lithuania's Permanent Representative to the OSCE in Vienna and chaired the Permanent Council of the OSCE. He was Lithuanian ambassador to Russia. Before this appointment, Norkus headed the Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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