Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: To resist authoritarianism, we must maintain our determination, strategic patience
On 19 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. The meeting focused on the Lithuania-U.S. cooperation, the strengthening of support for democracy and civil society in Belarus, human rights and historical memory issues.
Landsbergis stressed the importance of a strong strategic partnership between Lithuania and the U.S. “The Lithuania-U.S. partnership is based on our strong commitment to democratic values, human rights and freedoms. We are ready to expand our cooperation with the U.S. in the area of support for democracies,” said Landsbergis.
Zeya came to Lithuania to participate in the international high-level forum 'Future of Democracy', which is organised by Lithuania's Foreign Ministry and will take place in Vilnius on 19 and 20 November.
The forum is convened in response to the worrying trends of contracting democratic space and authoritarian entrenchment. The participants will seek to develop a set of concrete political measures, which would help democracies build greater resilience to authoritarianism and renew democratic cooperation across the globe.
“To resist authoritarianism, we must maintain our determination, strategic patience, as well as commitment to transatlantic unity and democratic values. We see attempts to disregard international norms and to sow divisions among allies, when we look at the developments on our eastern borders,” said Landsbergis.
The forum will be held in support of the upcoming Summit for Democracy, initiated by the US President Joe Biden on 9 and 10 December 2021. The forum in Vilnius is expected to contribute meaningfully to the preparation of the December Summit.
The event aims to formulate a political document that will encapsulate the political vision of its participants and will present a set of concrete recommendations for the democratic recovery – the roadmap to the future of democracy.