Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and his Austrian colleague discussed illegal migration
On 24 August, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Schallenberg. They discussed bilateral relations, illegal migration and urgent items on the European Union (EU) and international agenda.
“We are grateful to Austria which was one of the first countries to provide assistance to Lithuania in managing the irregular migrant crisis. This is a very nice example of practical solidarity in the EU,” Mr Landsbergis said. Austrian special forces are deployed in Lithuania; humanitarian help from Austria has been received; two modular housing units for refugees arrived from Austria in Lithuania on Tuesday.
The Ministers discussed European countries’ political, financial and technical support to Lithuania in its efforts to deal with the illegal migration crisis and to seek possible revision of the EU migration policy and measures aimed at better protection of the EU external border. They agreed that thought should be given to a new package of sanctions targeted at countries and persons supporting and promoting illegal migration.
The Lithuanian and Austrian Ministers visited a migrant camp that is being put up in the Padvarionys Frontier Station where they assessed the situation on the Lithuania-Belarus border, visited a migrant camp in the premises of the Border Guard School of the State Border Guard Service in Medininkai, and met with people from the Austrian Special Police Unit COBRA. A joint press conference of Lithuanian and Austrian Foreign and Interior Ministers was held in Medininkai, too.
During their meeting, the Ministers also touched upon bilateral cooperation and relationship with China.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of restoration of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Austria.