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, 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.
The Embassy of Lithuania together with Sweden, UK and US company Twitter co-sponsored the Atlantic Council's second Global Forum on Strategic Communications and Digital Disinformation. The Forum was held on October 2-4 in Washington, DC, with one of the sessions taking part at Lithuanian Embassy. Lithuanian Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor Arnoldas Pikžirnis spoke about Lithuania's experience in countering state-sponsored propaganda during the Forum.
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.
On 31 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan.
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.