Friday, February 2, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė received letters of credence from Ambassador Árni Þór Sigurðsson of Iceland. The President and the newly appointed Ambassador discussed bilateral relations, economic ties, Nordic-Baltic cooperation as well as security situation and enhancing defense.
The President underscored that Iceland, which was the first to recognize Lithuania‘s independence thus demonstrating exceptional courage, determination and friendship to Lithuania, had remained an important ally and partner. Lithuania and Iceland enjoy friendly bilateral relations and successfully cooperate in NATO and in the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) format. Iceland also upholds a principled policy and applies the EU sanctions against Russia.
According to the President, the festival “Thank You, Iceland!”, which is held on Independence Day of Iceland, gives a sense to the friendship of both nations. President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson of Iceland has accepted an invitation extended by Dalia Grybauskaitė to attend the celebration of Lithuania’s restored statehood jubilee in Vilnius this year.
The President expressed her congratulation to Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, who joined the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) and invited her to attend the Women Political Leaders‘ summit to be held in Vilnius, in June.
The Ambassador of Iceland, who resides in Helsinki, is also accredited to Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine. Mr. Sigurðsson served as policy advisor to the Mayor of Reykjavik and as a City Councilor of Reykjavik. In 2015–2017, he was the Ambassador for Arctic Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland.
Last updated 2018.02.02 13:57Back