The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania announces that, as the situation in Kazakhstan is stabilising, the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in Nur-Sultan and Almaty will resume to work on 13 January and will provide a full range of consular services to Lithuanian citizens.
Today, on 2 January, 98 Iraqi citizens left Lithuania for Iraq on a charter flight, volunteering to return to their homeland. This is the first charter flight from Lithuania to return people who crossed the Lithuanian border illegally to their country of origin because they have not been granted asylum.
On 20 December, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Vilnius University, Prof Dr Rimvydas Petrauskas signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and Vilnius University.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania informs that false information regarding Lithuania's participation in the Beijing Winter Olympics has appeared publicly on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Ministry considers it to be an information attack.
On 17 December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis conferred the award of honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania's Diplomacy Star – on Dr. Lara Lempertienė, Head of the Judaica Research Centre at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the dissemination of research on the history and cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jews abroad, and to the commemoration of the Vilna Gaon’s 300th birth anniversary and the 700th anniversary of the history of Jews in Lithuania.
On 16 December, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Commandant of the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Col Juozas Kačergius signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and the Military Academy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that Lithuania's Chargé d’affaires ad interim in China Audra Čiapienė returns to Vilnius for consultations.
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry expresses its deepest condolences to the victims of more than 30 tornadoes that have struck the city of Mayfield in Kentucky, as well as devastated the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, and Mississippi, and killed at least 89 people.
On 23 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of Belarus to Lithuania and handed him a note of protest over the plans to launch the second Unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) at the end of 2021.
The Foreign Ministers of Lithuania and Latvia Gabrielius Landsbergis and Edgars Rinkēvičs met in Vilnius on 5 November and presented the Balts' Award 2021 to the Lithuanian scholar, dr philol., dr hum. Regina Kvašytė.
On 19-20 November 2021, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is organizing a high-level forum 'Future of Democracy' which will take place in Vilnius. The Forum is convened in response to the worrying trends of contracting democratic space and authoritarian entrenchment. It is expected to bring together ministers of foreign affairs, representatives of international organizations,members of civil society and democracy activists, academia, and representatives of free media from around the globe. The participants will seek to develop a set of concrete political measures which would help democracies to build greater resilience to authoritarianism and renew democratic cooperation across the globe.
On 20 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of Belarus in Lithuania and handed in a diplomatic note, expressing a strong protest against repeated violations of the Lithuanian state border.
On 15 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee Andrew Baker. Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, and the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist also attended the meeting.
On 14 October in New York, the UN General Assembly elected Lithuania to the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2022-2024 term. 178 UN member states expressed their support to Lithuania. Until now, the country has been an observer state of the UN Human Rights Council and will become a full-fledged member for the first time on 1 January 2022 for a period of three years.
On 11 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Liz Truss in London, the United Kingdom. The interlocutors expressed their positions on relations with China and Russia, particularly focusing on prospects of bilateral economic cooperation.