Lithuanian formin, Canadian colleagues discuss security, cooperation

  • 2020-02-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius and his Canadian colleagues have discussed regional and energy security issues, bilateral relations and cooperation within international organizations.

On Thursday, Linkevicius met with his Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champagne and Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan during his visit to Ottawa on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"We appreciate very much good bilateral relations with Canada, Canada's political involvement and support to ensuring security in our region. As the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania's independence approaches, we are grateful to Canada for its contribution to our independence fight and the fact that Canada has never recognized Lithuania's forced incorporation into the Soviet Union," Linkevicius was quoted as saying in a statement.

During the meeting with the Canadian foreign minister, major focus was given to Lithuanian-canadian economic relations, new partnerships in the areas of science and innovation and other areas.

The minister discussed support for the ongoing reforms in Ukraine and Lithuania's preparations for the Ukraine Reform Conference in Vilnius on July 7, with the Canadian foreign minister was invited to.

Cooperation with NATO, the need for coordination when fighting hybrid threats and disinformation, as well as in the cyber security area, Canada's role in bolstering the Baltic regions' security, and cooperation in Ukraine on bolstering the country's armed forced were discussed during the meeting with Canadian Defense Minister Sajjan.