Lithuania marks June 14 as a Day of Mourning and Hope. At 3am on June 14, 1941, NKVD officers began mass arrests of Lithuanian citizens. In less than a week 18,000 people, including families with children, were deported to Siberia in sealed animal or freight wagons. Today, June 14, Washingtonians were reading the names of Lithuanian deportees as part of a larger Lithuanian youth initiative "Say it. Hear it. Remember it."
On May 25-28th, the U.S. Congressional staff delegation paid an official visit to Lithuania. This visit was organized under the auspices of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Lithuania to the U.S. The goal of this visit was to present the members of Congressional staff delegation the objectives of the foreign policy of Lithuania, to promote inter-parliamentary relations of the U.S. and Lithuania, to discuss prospects for bilateral relations, energy, economic and cyber security issues, the situation in Eastern Partnership countries, Russia and other international policy issues.
On May 30 Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius inaugurated U.S. Senator John McCain's Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
"A moral giant, an American hero and a true friend of #Lithuania. His legacy continues to inspire, his ideals live on. Lithuania salutes John McCain.” said Linas Linkevičius.
On Saturday, May 11, The Embassy of Lithuania in DC [together with all other 27 European Union Embassies and the European Union Delegation] opened its doors to the public, welcoming thousands of Washingtonians.
“For every Ambassador and every diplomat it is an immense gratitude to welcome so many guests and friends at the Embassy,” said Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas. Visitors had a chance to learn about Lithuanian lasers, biotechnologies, and other innovations; had a chance to experience Lithuanian culture and musical performances, to taste Lithuanian food. It was a joyful day, and a rare occasion when “no appointment” was needed to speak with the Ambassador!
On 4 May in Chicago, Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a solemn ceremony of unveiling of the monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters, head of state of the country that was resisting its occupation. Auksutė Ramanauskaitė-Skokauskienė, daughter of A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas, and his granddaughter Inga Jancevičienė also took part in the ceremony.
On April 8 the regalia of the Honorary Citizen of Vilnius was presented to 43rd U.S. President George W.Bush. Ambassador of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas presented the regalia to Mr. Lindsay Lloyd, the Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Vilnius Municipality named former president George W. Bush honorary citizen in a unanimous vote in August 2018. "Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an enemy has also made an enemy of the United States of America," said 43rd U.S. President George W.Bush during his visit in Vilnius in 2002.
On 5 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited the Ohio state, where he presented opportunities for investment in Lithuania, and talked about country’s economic and political priorities at the Ohio State University.
On 3 April Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius participated in the NATO's 70th anniversary events held in Washington, the USA.
U.S.-Lithuania Defense Cooperation Strategic Roadmap signed today at the Pentagon identifies specific security cooperation priorities the United States and Lithuania agreed to focus on from 2019 to 2024.
The Plan was signed by Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger and Lithuanian DoD Policy Director Robertas Šapronas.
Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense
On 7 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius together with Ministers of other Baltic states met with the leadership of the U.S. Senate and the House Committees.
On 6 February, 2019, the Meeting of Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS took place in Washington, D.C., the United States. In the meeting, representatives of 74 coalition states and 5 international organizations discussed the fight against terrorism in Iraq and Syria, protection of national and religious minorities, responsibility for crimes against humanity, and humanitarian aid for people affected by the conflict in the region.
On 5 February in Washington, D.C., Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius met with the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette to discuss the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation in the field of energy security and emphasized the mutual benefits of the diversification of energy sources in the region, when promoting imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S.
On 5 February, during the visit to the U.S., Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius met with the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Co-Chairman of the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, experts from the Atlantic Council, students at the Washington University, and members of the academic community.
Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kriščiūnas attended the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration event at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Ambassador joined other Ambassadors and together with the Holocaust survivors lit the candles in memoria of the six million Jews killed by Nazi regime.