President of the Republic of Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė to meet with the President of Slovenia

2017-06-10

Saturday, June 10, Vilnius On Monday, June 12, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with President Borut Pahor of Slovenia who comes on an official visit to Lithuania. This is a reciprocal visit of the President of Slovenia. President Dalia Grybauskaitė went on an official visit to Slovenia in March of last year. 

The Presidents of Lithuania and Slovenia will discuss the strengthening of bilateral dialogue, topical matters of the EU agenda and cooperation in NATO. Defense and cyber-security will be in the focus of the visit.  On Tuesday, June 13, at 10.00 a.m., the Presidents will visit the National Cyber Security Center under the Ministry of National Defense opened in Lithuania last year.

Slovenia clearly understands the threat of unconventional war for the entire Europe as attempts to interfere in elections and stage a coup had been recently made in its neighborhood.  Lithuania as well as other Baltic countries are in the front line of this war. This makes the experience of Lithuania in countering cyber-attacks, fighting against propaganda, fake news and energy blackmail valuable to other states. 

Slovenia also contributes to the security of the Baltic states. Slovenian troops will join the Canadian-led NATO’s forward presence battalion in Latvia. Slovenia as well as Lithuania support NATO’s open door policy for the countries that are ready for membership in the Alliance. 

In its turn, Lithuania was the first to react to Slovenia’s request for assistance and to send police officers to assist countering the migration crisis in 2015.  When Hungary closed it borders, Slovenia was one of the first countries that faced a huge inflow of migrants fleeing along the Western Balkan route. 

Bilateral cooperation in the areas of business, investment promotion and culture will be also discussed at the meeting. 

Lithuania and Slovenia share long-lived cultural bonds. The Amber Road from the Baltic countries to Italy went through Slovenia. The Archives of Slovenia store the oldest image of Vilnius (14th century). Both Lithuania and Slovenia are proud of their old traditions of bee-keeping. Slovenia has filed a request to the United Nations to declare May 20 a World Bee Day.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.06.12 08:30

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