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In the U.S. Congress, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis heard strong support for Lithuania's values-based foreign policy

Created: 2021.09.15 / Updated: 2021.09.15 12:23

On 14 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis began his working visit to the United States with meetings in the U.S. Congress. With members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, Landsbergis discussed issues related to strengthening transatlantic relations, bilateral economic cooperation, regional and global security, including the Belarusian regime's attempts to instrumentalize migration, pressure from China over Lithuania's decision to strengthen economic ties with Taiwan, as well as the situation in Ukraine, Cuba, and Venezuela.

In the meeting with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Member of the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus Bob Menéndez, Landsbergis thanked the U.S. for its contribution to security of Lithuania and the region, and the U.S. support for democratic processes in the region.

The Foreign Minister heard the Chairman's strong support for Lithuania's principled, values-based foreign policy — efforts to provide support for the persecuted representatives of Belarusian and Russian civil society, maintain a principled position regarding the political processes in Venezuela, Cuba, and deepen economic relations with Taiwan.

At the United States Capitol, Landsbergis also met with the Democratic Whip, Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus, Senator Dick Durbin, the Senior Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Chris Smith, and the Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee James E. Risch. The meetings focused on bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and the U.S., aspirations and opportunities to expand economic relations. A lot of attention was given to security policy challenges and the importance of a strong transatlantic relationship.

Today, Landsbergis will meet with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. In Washington, D.C., the Foreign Minister will also meet with officials of the White House, as well as representatives from the analytical centers and business communities.

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