Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis met with U.S. Secretary of State: “Links between Lithuania and the United States will only strengthen”
On 15 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the region's security challenges posed by autocratic regimes to democracy.
“Over the last long decades, the Western world lived with the understanding that agreements and democratic rules served as a guarantor of and laid the foundations for a stable future. At the moment, this faith is being tested and not by one, but even by several autocratic regimes. The security situation in our region, to put it mildly, is not improving. In Washington, D.C., we heard a very clear understanding and reassurance of the United States' strong political support for Lithuania against a backdrop of all threats. The undemocratic regimes will only strengthen our transatlantic partnership," said Landsbergis after the meeting. According to the Foreign Minister, Lithuania feels unwavering support of the United States amidst all external provocations.
“It is symbolic that the Secretary of State received us on the International Day of Democracy and that, in the meeting, the establishment of the Belarusian affairs unit at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, where the U.S. effort to accomplish democratic change in Belarus will be concentrated, was announced. This is also a sign that Lithuania’s contribution to the fight for values-based cooperation among states is appreciated in Washington, D.C.”, said Landsbergis.
Landsbergis and the U.S. Secretary of State discussed the most pressing cooperation issues and opportunities to expand and deepen cooperation, strengthen security, first of all, by ensuring the U.S. military presence in Lithuania and preparing a common response to hybrid threats, as well as increasing support for democratic processes in the region and in the world. The interlocutors also discussed opportunities to strengthen mutually beneficial economic relations, especially by opening up the U.S. market for Lithuanian goods and developing joint investment projects.
In addition, the Foreign Minister thanked Blinken for the U.S. consistent support for Lithuania’s freedom aspirations before the restoration of the country's independence and for its contribution to strengthening the security of Lithuania and the whole region.
Photos: The U.S. Department of State