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Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: Lithuania’s foreign policy and diplomacy must respond to the new challenges faced by the world today
On 11 December, after taking the oath of office at the Seimas (Parliament), the incoming new Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, says that Lithuania’s foreign policy must continue to be based on the principle of national consensus, while maintaining our strategic geopolitical attitudes. However, we also need new instruments, increased activity and a strengthened diplomatic service in order to be able to respond to the new challenges faced by the world today and to better defend Lithuania’s national interest.
“Lithuania's foreign policy has been shaped by national consensus over the past three decades. This must remain unchanged. Our nation's strength lies in our unity and agreement. Today's geopolitical reality, the primary threats facing the state make the Government see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome. We understand that the solution requires a broad political agreement. I believe we also need to take a closer look at these issues, as well as new instruments to increase Lithuania’s influence in the EU and NATO, to build closer relationships with our strategic partners, and to help nations fight for democracy and freedom," said Landsbergis.
According to Lithuania's Foreign Minister, besides seeking to accomplish Lithuania’s foreign policy strategic goals, we must aim at further strengthening and motivating the diplomatic service. "The flawed common practice of appointing civil servants of political (personal) confidence to senior diplomatic positions has demoralised the employees. This practice cannot continue. We have planned an ambitious diplomatic service reform programme that includes professionalization and de-politicisation of the service, as well as attraction of high-skilled workforce to create an effective, well-functioning and accountable diplomatic service," said the Foreign Minister.
The Chairman of the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats Landsbergis will work for the 18th Government, headed by the Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.