President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President received letters of credence from Swiss Ambassador

2017-10-04

Wednesday, October 4, Vilnius ‒ President Dalia Grybauskaitė received letters of credence from the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Konstantin Obolensky. During their meeting, the President and the Ambassador discussed bilateral trade, cooperation within the context of the European Union and international organizations, as well as topical issues on the regional, continental and security agendas.

The President underlined the significance of close relations between the European Union and Switzerland. She pointed out that the free movement of persons was important for the entire Community and vital for the common market. Dalia Grybauskaitė said that we highly value Switzerland's continued financial support. Lithuania has received a total sum of 71 million Swiss francs, mostly for medical purposes, and is described as a model project implementer in the European Union.

The President further said that Lithuania and Switzerland had to continue their close contacts in business, science, education, tourism, culture, and historical heritage. She emphasized the importance of cooperation in innovations and particularly within the world’s largest research organization – the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Dalia Grybauskaitė, who currently chairs the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL), also focused on women's rights and equal opportunities. Swiss President Doris Leuthard is member of the CWWL.

Konstantin Obolensky started his diplomatic career in 2000 at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He served in different postings and embassies in Israel, Pakistan and Armenia. In January of this year, Konstantin Obolensky became ambassador to Latvia and to Estonia. He resides in Riga.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.10.04 15:55

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