Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister Germanas discusses cooperation opportunities with the delegation of the Order of Malta
On 4 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel and Ingo Radtke, Secretary General of Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss cooperation opportunities in the fields of humanitarian aid and development cooperation.
“We are grateful for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta’s charitable activities in Lithuania. We are also pleased that the friendly relationship between Lithuania and the Order of Malta has greatly expanded and strengthened,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister to welcome the guests on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the Order of Malta.
As regards Lithuania’s humanitarian aid and development cooperation, the Foreign Vice-Minister Germanas also emphasized that Lithuania by all means sought to contribute to the international community’s efforts through the provision of support to persons affected by conflicts and natural disasters. “In 2016, Lithuania provided up to nearly EUR 1 million worth of humanitarian aid. Ukraine received 66 percent of all humanitarian aid,” said Germanas.
Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister invited the representatives of the Order of Malta to consider the possibility of implementing joint projects in Ukraine. Germanas emphasized that this country remained Lithuania’s important development cooperation partner.
The delegation is headed by the Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager. This visit marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Officially, Lithuania established its diplomatic relations with the Order of Malta on 9 July 1992. However, the Order of Malta started to carry out its activities in Lithuania even earlier, when the Auxiliary Service of the Order of Malta was established in the autumn of 1991.