Lithuanian and Italian Foreign Ministers highlight the importance of close cooperation in the area of security and defense
On 29 March in Rome, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Enzo Moavero Milanesi.
"Italy's participation in the activities of the NATO enhanced forward presence battlegroup in Latvia, NATO’s Baltic Air Police mission, the NATO Force Integration Unit, and the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Lithuania sets an excellent example of how Italy respects its commitments to the allies, contributing to regional and global security," said the Minister L. Linkevičius, who thanked Italy for its effort to strengthen security of Lithuania and the Baltic region.
The meeting focused on security, defense, the EU’s agenda, migration, and bilateral cooperation issues. The officials also discussed the situation in Ukraine, support for the reform process in this country, and sanctions against Russia.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister highlighted Lithuania's solidarity in addressing the migrant crisis, the relocation of refugees from Italy to Lithuania, and an increased contribution by Lithuania to the effort to counter threats emanating from the alliance's Southern flank.
L. Linkevičius invited Italy to join the EU cyber defense cooperation project under the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) that was led by Lithuania.
The Ministers highlighted good bilateral relations, welcomed actively developing political, economic and cultural ties.
The Minister L. Linkevičius is visiting Italy as part of the delegation led by the President of Lithuania D. Grybauskaitė. He is attending a solemn opening ceremony of the new premises of the Lithuanian Embassy in Italy.