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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in India: “Joint determination to curb economic dependence opens unlimited gateways to the Indo-Pacific”

Created: 2024.02.22 / Updated: 2024.02.22 09:13
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in India: “Joint determination to curb economic dependence opens unlimited gateways to the Indo-Pacific”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in India: “Joint determination to curb economic dependence opens unlimited gateways to the Indo-Pacific”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in India: “Joint determination to curb economic dependence opens unlimited gateways to the Indo-Pacific”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in India: “Joint determination to curb economic dependence opens unlimited gateways to the Indo-Pacific”
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis in India: “Joint determination to curb economic dependence opens unlimited gateways to the Indo-Pacific”

      On 22 February, at the Raisina Dialogue conference, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, participated in a discussion on sustainable risk reduction and the new North-South partnership.

      “Freedom is an integral part of Lithuania’s genetic code, but we were among the first ones to understand the harm of addiction in Europe. Above all, we have taken ambitious actions in energetics, which have allowed us to eliminate this dependence. At the same time, we have learned for a long time that we need to diversify our economic relations. India’s economic growth and dynamism offer extraordinary opportunities for this,” Landsbergis said.

      When discussing Lithuania’s direct experience of China’s economic coercion, Landsbergis stressed the need to strengthen economic resilience.

      The head of Lithuania’s diplomacy warned against the increasing activity of authoritarian states and drew attention to their effort to challenge the rules-based international order. Landsbergis stressed the importance of strengthening global security measures.

      “Now, more than ever, Ukraine needs strong global support. By allowing Russia to continue its war against Ukraine, we are sending a signal to all countries that the rules-based international order is not effective and that military force is more important than values and principles,” Landsbergis said.

      The Minister also announced Lithuania’s initiative to hold a high-level international conference on building a resilient economy and resistance to economic coercion in May. The conference will be a platform to discuss strategies to combat economic coercion and enhance global economic security.

      Danish Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, President of the Davos World Economic Forum, Børge Brende, Iceland’s Permanent Secretary of State Martin Eyjólfsson, and Ummu Salma Bawa, Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, also took part in the discussion.

      On the margins of the Raisina Dialogue security conference, Landsbergis met with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanjam Jaishankar.

      On February 21-23, the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy is visiting the capital of India, where the high-level security conference “Raisina Dialogue” is held.
       
      This year, special attention is given to the Baltic and Nordic states, with the participation of Foreign Ministers of these countries. The event focuses on the need to support Ukraine globally and take measures to protect the rules-based international order.

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