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On 22-23 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is attending the Meeting of the OECD Council at the Ministerial Level, which focuses on topical issues of global policy and strategic goals of the organization. This year, special attention is given to the potential and challenges of digital transition.

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On 21 May in Brussels, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius attended the General Affairs Council meeting, which discussed the external action aspects of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027.

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On 21 May, a traditional meeting of the Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, and German Foreign Ministers took place in Hamburg. The meeting discussed issues of security, the future of the European Union and its relations with eastern neighbors, as well as regional cooperation. In the meeting, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius presented security issues and thanked Germany for its military contribution to NATO's efforts to ensure Baltic security. L. Linkevičius also stressed the need to increase NATO's deterrence and defense capabilities, and to strengthen the EU-NATO security cooperation.

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On 20 May, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Lina Viltrakienė presented her letters of credence to the Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría. After the ceremony, the Ambassador and the Secretary-General discussed important issues related to and perspectives of Lithuania's OECD membership.

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On 20 May, the Lithuanian-Cuban political consultations were held in Vilnius. The officials discussed political topicalities in both countries, relations between Lithuania and Cuba, the cooperation between Cuba and the European Union, as well as the possibility to strengthen economic, educational, scientific, and cultural ties. They also exchanged information on cooperation within international organizations.

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On 20 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi and Beth Richardson, Head of Office of the Canadian Embassy in Vilnius, who invited the Foreign Minister to the third Ukraine Reform Conference on 2-4 July in Toronto, Canada.

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On 16-17 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which mainly focused on a crisis point reached by the Council of Europe due to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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On 16 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council (Development) in Brussels. EU development ministers discussed how to maintain momentum for the 2030 Agenda towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sahel. Ministers also aimed at adjusting their views on the financing of the European Union's foreign policy in the context of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

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On 14 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with the Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania Etjen Xhafaj, who is responsible for economic and EU issues.

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On 14 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a high-level conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels. The Foreign Minister addressed the session on the future goals of the Eastern Partnership.

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On 10 May, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) of the United Nations issued recommendations to Lithuania on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Committee highlighted positive legal and institutional measures taken by Lithuania to implement the pact, especially regarding the fight against intolerance and discrimination, the integration of Roma, trafficking in human beings, and training against hate crimes for law enforcement.

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On 8 May, the Ambassador to Lithuania Giedrius Čekuolis presented his letters of credence to Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden. During the audience, the interlocutors discussed bilateral issues and recalled the visit of the Swedish royal couple to Lithuania in 2015.

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On 8 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Andrew Baker and the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Anne Hall. The meeting was also attended by Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community.

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On 7 May in New York, the United Nations Economic and Social Council elected Lithuania for the first time ever to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the period 2020-2022. Lithuania‘s election to this important entity of the United Nations will provide the opportunity to further intensify its level of engagement in addressing the issues of gender equality and women's empowerment that are among the priorities of all international organizations, including the United Nations.

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