Lithuania’s Foreign Minister attends the Nordic-Baltic Eight Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Oslo
On 25 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Oslo, Norway, where he attended the traditional Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) Foreign Ministers’ meeting. The meeting focused on issues relevant to all the countries of the region, such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, the Eastern Partnership and transatlantic cooperation, and the future of the European Union.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister discussed how the Nordic-Baltic countries would support the Eastern Partnership initiative, as well as the countries’ aspirations to integrate into the European Union. “We must remain focused on the Eastern Partnership and strongly motivate those countries that have chosen the path of European integration,” said Minister Linkevičius. The Representatives of the countries also emphasized the importance of maintaining sanctions against Russia and of transatlantic ties, and shared their views on the future of the EU.
“Today’s challenges demand a common, coherent policy and concerted action. Our cooperation in the fields of defence, security, energy, and human rights is vitally important. Our work to promote transatlantic cooperation in the fields of security, energy, and the prevention of cyber and hybrid threats is of particular importance,” said Linkevičius.
Lithuania, which seeks to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 period, has joined the NB8 joint declaration on women’s rights, peace and security. The Foreign Ministers of the NB8 also issued a joint statement on the issue of preventing terrorism and extremism.
At the annual Foreign Ministers’ meetings, representatives of the Nordic-Baltic countries coordinate their actions to address common challenges. In 2017, the coordinator of the NB8 cooperation is Norway. Over fifty high-level meetings of politicians, parliamentarians and experts in various fields take place every year. Lithuania will coordinate the NB8 cooperation in 2022.