During his official visit to Lithuania, the Secretary-General met with the President, H.E. Ms. Dalia Grybauskaite, Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Algirdas Butkevicius, Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Linas Antanas Linkevicius, and other senior Lithuanian officials.
The Secretary-General and his interlocutors discussed a range of global issues of mutual concern, as well as UN-Lithuanian cooperation. The Secretary-General took the opportunity to thank the Lithuanian leadership for the country’s steadfast contributions to the work of the United Nations.
The Secretary-General particularly underscored the importance of Lithuania’s continued contribution to international peace and security, notably in light of the country’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2014 and 2015. He also noted the important role Lithuania is playing during its European Union Presidency in this second half of 2013, particularly in engaging on the Eastern Partnership process.
More broadly, the Secretary-General also encouraged the Lithuanian leadership to share Lithuania’s positive experiences regarding its democratic transition with those countries around the world facing challenges in their own respective quests for democracy.
They discussed the crisis in Syria, especially the work on further boosting the humanitarian relief work, and efforts to find a political solution to the conflict. The Secretary-General and his Lithuanian interlocutors also exchanged views on the prospects for Afghanistan post-2014 and the process of crafting the United Nations Post-2015 development agenda. They also discussed Iran, Belarus, human rights, women's empowerment and climate change.