Lithuania in the News
24th September 2017
Lithuania’s Voice Prominent at UN General Assembly
President Grybauskaitė & UN Secretary-General Guterres.
Photo courtesy Dačkus
This week on September 18-19 Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended the UN General Assembly in New York, where she met with world leaders and addressed the General Assembly on September 19.
She met António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, on September 18 and invited him to attend the Centenary celebrations for Lithuania’s Independence Restoration in 2018. On the Secretary-General’s invitation, President Grybauskaitė attended a working lunch on September 19. The world leaders she met included President Donald Trump of the United States, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, President Racep Tayyip Erdo?an of Turkey, all currently faced with and trying to solve grave world crises.
During her annual statement to the UN General Assembly and in her talks with world leaders President Grybauskaitė drew attention to Russia’s aggressive actions and in particular to threats posed by the Russian current military exercise “Zapad 2017”. President Grybauskaitė thanked the US President for his firm stance to guarantee Lithuania’s security and to implement NATO’s deterrence measures.
Lithuania signed the declaration on reforming the United Nations, drafted on the initiative of US President Donald Trump. The declaration was supported by all EU and NATO members and over 120 UN members and it commits the signatories to support the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in reforming the UN, to make it effective and transparent. Further information: