President of the Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania’s security remains top foreign policy priority

2019-01-18

Friday, January 18, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with foreign ambassadors to discuss Lithuania’s achievements in the past year and to highlight its foreign policy priorities for the year ahead.

The traditional annual meeting at the Presidential Palace gathers extraordinary and plenipotentiary representatives accredited to Lithuania.

According to the President, this past year - even though challenging - was also very rewarding as Lithuania celebrated the centennial of national independence. Lithuania strengthened its security by own efforts and with the help of NATO allies. It joined the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development - the world's most elite club. Lithuania’s friends from all around the world came for highest-level visits.

During the centennial year, Lithuania was visited by Pope Francis, members of European royal families, the German Chancellor, Japan’s Prime Minister, other heads of state and government. These visits attracted much international attention to Lithuania’s accomplishments in security and defense, economic growth and scientific research, improved environment for business and investment, growing innovation.

The President mobilized international support for Lithuania during her visits to Washington, Paris and other countries. Throughout the past year, Dalia Grybauskaitė had over 100 meetings with foreign leaders and top ranking officials.

The President emphasized that the challenges faced by the world in 2018 were still there. The security situation had not changed for the better. The West needed to respond to disguised hybrid aggression, deepening trends of global division, while Europe had to deal with Brexit, growing populism and mass protests.

The President underlined that Lithuania would continue strengthening the circle of its friends and allies in order to address urgent military, energy and economic security issues, contributing at the same time to NATO’s more effective collective defense. Lithuania supports closer EU defense cooperation in those areas that create added value without duplicating NATO.

According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania remains open to new economic opportunities and partnerships that accelerate exports, boost innovation and promote modern development.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.01.18 13:31

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