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Linas Linkevičius

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On 13 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Armenia Inga Stanytė-Toločkienė presented her letters of credence to the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian. Lithuania's Ambassador also conveyed greetings from the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda.

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On September 12, Embassy of Lithuania in Canada together with the Embassies of Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Moldova organize an international conference to mark the 80th anniversary of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The key speaker of the conference will be Garry Kasparov who is a former chess-master, pro-democracy activist and one of the Russian opposition leaders. The conference will involve a panel discussion about the legacy of the Nazi-Soviet Pact today, featuring international experts and political leaders.

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On 12 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the state of Israel Lina Antanavičienė presented her letters of credence to the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

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On 1 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United Arab Emirates Edminas Bagdonas presented his letters of credence to the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Ambassador also conveyed the greetings of the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda.

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On 30 June at the Vienna House of Literature, the Federal Chancellery of Austria awarded the state award in a solemn ceremony to the Austrian journalist, writer, radio presenter, translator, and a great friend of Lithuania Cornelius Hell for translating contemporary Lithuanian writers and poets into the German language.

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On 25 June the Permanent Missions of Austria, Germany and Lithuania in Geneva together with the UN Women and OHCHR organised a side event in the margins of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in order to discuss how to adequately address trafficking in women and girls and their exploitation in the context of global migration, to end prevailing impunity of perpetrators, and to ensure rehabilitation and social inclusion of victims.

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On 25 June, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, Ambassador Audra Plepytė was elected as Chair of the fifth Meeting of States parties to the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. A. Plepytė is the first representative of the Eastern European Group to chair the meeting of the States Parties to the Convention after its entry into force in 2010.

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On 18 June, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Japan Gediminas Varvuolis conferred the award of honor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Lithuania's Diplomacy Star – on the Director of the Japan-Lithuania Exchange Centre (JLEC) Kenjiro Tamaki. The Mayor of Toyohashi Koichi Sahara and delegation members, the former Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania Kazuko Shiraishi, many JLEC members, and other friends of Lithuania attended the awards ceremony.

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From June 12 to 16, the Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis is visiting Singapore, where he takes part in ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation, https://www.asef.org/) Board of Governors meeting and other bilateral meetings. In his speech, the Ambassador underlined the importance of increasing visibility of the Foundation, particularly among the youth, and thanked ASEF for presentation of ASEF programs to Lithuanian artists, who are looking for support to their projects in Asian countries. During the meeting, attention was also paid to the reform of the Foundation and current issues.

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On 24 May, Lithuania opened its fifth Honorary Consulate in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Takeshi Okawara, Head of JC Comsa Corporation, was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania.

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On 23 May, Lithuania opened its Honorary Consulate in Sapporo after a year-long pause. Masahiro Fujii was appointed as the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Hokkaido, Japan‘s largest prefecture. The Ambassador Gediminas Varvuolis presented him a consular patent.

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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 12 April, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned a representative of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lithuania and handed a note over threats posed to the employees of the Lithuanian representation in the Russian Federation and their family members.

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On 10 April, the Ambassador of Lithuania Julius Pranevičius presented his letters of credence to the President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid.

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On 9 April, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Switzerland Edvilas Raudonikis presented his letters of credence to the President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer.

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