Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas presented business and investment opportunities in Lithuania for Ohio business community. The event "Doing business with the Baltic Countries" was organized by European -American Chamber of Commerce of greater Cincinnati, and took place on September 25.
On 24 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the leading annual transatlantic security conference in Washington, D.C. - the CEPA Forum - and discussed cooperation between the countries of Europe and North America in response to common security challenges.
"We will never forget the tragedy of the Holocaust that meant an inexpressible loss in the history of our country and in the history of humanity," said Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas, commemorating the National Holocaust memorial Day. On September 21, Ambassador Kriščiūnas lit a memorial candle and paid the tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in a minute of silence at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
On 31 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius on August 31-September 1 attended the memorial service in Washington and paid the tribute to U.S. Senator John McCain.
"John McCain throughout his incredible life embodied true patriotism, courage, ultimate fight for freedom and respect for human dignity – the fundamental values and principles that we lack so much in today's world. We have lost one the greatest moral giants of our time," said L. Linkevičius.
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius extended condolences on the passing of U.S. Senator and dear friend of Lithuania John McCain, and wished strength and fortitude to the Senator’s family and all his friends. Lithuanian leaders also extended their condolences to all American people.
Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas concluded his week-long trip to the US by the meetings in Washington on August 14-16.
On August 11 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Valdemaras Rupšys, on formal visits in the US, visited soldiers of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Battalion and assigned units training at Fort Irwin Training Area and the National Training Centre of the United States.
Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was on an official working visit to Washington DC on June 25-27th 2018. Viktoras Pranckietis met Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan. During his visit, Speaker Pranckietis was attending a number of official meetings including a joint program held at the U.S. Congress with other parliamentary speakers from the Ukraine, Georgia and, Moldova: Andriy Parubiy, Irakli Kobakhidze, Andrian Candu respectively, and the Vice-President of the Polish Senate, Adam Bielan.
The Embassies of the three Baltic countries invite everyone to DuPont Circle Park on June 23 to join in celebrating Midsummer, one of the most awaited holidays of the year. Midsummer marks the longest day and the shortest night of the year, signifying the sun’s victory against night and darkness. The Midsummer celebration, which predates the arrival of Christianity in the Baltic region, is known as Joninės in Lithuania, as Jāņi in Latvia and as Jaanipäev in Estonia. The strong and enduring pagan connection to nature has influenced both ancient beliefs and the modern cultures of the Baltic people.
On Wednesday, May 23, a big sculpture “Garden” by internationally acclaimed Lithuanian American artist Ray Bartkus was opened in the Union Station, the main station in Washington DC.
“It’s symbolic that the Union Station features this art installation. Stations connect people. And we would like to further build our connections with the USA,” said Lithuania’s Ambassador to USA Rolandas Kriščiūnas.
On 16 May in Washington,D.C., the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, together with the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, met with the U.S. President's National Security Adviser John Bolton.
On May 8, Lithuania signed a Government Security Program (GSP) contract with one of the world’s largest software and hardware manufacturers, Microsoft Corporation.
On 27 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius congratulated Mike Pompeo on his appointment as the new United States Secretary of State.
In the letter of congratulations, Linkevičius noted that the U.S.A. remained the key strategic ally of Lithuania in ensuring the country’s national security, developing political and economic relations, and cooperation in the field of energy security.
On April 29 the Embassy of Lithuania together with Lithuanian School of Washington participated at the International Children’s Festival organized by the Culturfied Foundation. Students, parents and teachers of Lithuanian School introduced Lithuanian traditions, culture and history to the guests of the festival. Folk dance group from Lithuanian School also performed traditional Lithuanian songs, including Sutartinės (unique Lithuanian multi-part songs). The premier festival at Ronald Reagan Center was a one-day interactive, educational event with an audience of more than 6,000 attendees.