Lithuanian president talks bilateral relations, defense cooperation with UK PM

  • 2022-09-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda met with UK Prime Minister Liz Truss on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday to discuss security and defense cooperation, and the development of bilateral relations, the presidential office said in a press release.

During the meeting, the Lithuanian leader emphasized his appreciation for the active cooperation between Lithuania and the United Kingdom in security and defense and for UK’s contribution to the security of the entire region, which was of particular importance.

He commended the UK-initiated Joint Expeditionary Force and expressed his hope that defense cooperation would expand in the future.

Nauseda also pointed out that the two countries should continue to strengthen their economic and in particular trade relations.

The Lithuanian leader and the UK prime minister also talked about the progress of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the international community’s support for the war-torn country.

Nauseda stressed that currently the military and financial support for Ukraine was of paramount importance in order to ensure both progress in the fight against the aggressor and the country’s economic and financial stability.

“Peace and security in Europe are our common goal. Investing in increased security and continuing to support Ukraine is crucial, because this is where Europe’s future will be determined,” he stated.

This was the first meeting between the Lithuanian leader and the new UK prime minister.