Lithuania’s Foreign Minister and his Australian counterpart discussed foreign policy challenges and potential for cooperation
On 21 September in New York, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne and discussed issues related to the development of bilateral relations, regional, and global security.
According to Landsbergis, the two democratic states that share values must continue to stand united, and the Western alliance has to strengthen.
“Despite the large distance, Lithuania and Australia share the approach to challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, and global security and stability issues,” said Landsbergis.
Lithuania has recently sought to increase its involvement and to expand its network of representations in the Indo-Pacific region.
“The first Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia will start working soon. We hope that, despite the difficult situation during COVID-19, our bilateral dialogue will be much more active and diverse. Historically, we have been connected through a large Lithuanian community. But we wish to cooperate with Australia on tackling common economic and security challenges facing the region, and to establish bilateral economic and scientific relations, especially in high-tech fields," said Lithuania's Foreign Minister.
Lithuania opened its Embassy in Australia in 2020. This year, Lithuania plans to establish its representation in South Korea and a trade representative office in Taiwan. Next year, the country will open its Embassy in Singapore.