Lithuania in the News
28th February 2010
|Major Responsibilities for Lithuania in International Diplomacy|
Vygaudas Uđackas, EU envoy to
Afghanistan. Photo courtesy lrytas.lt
This is a very important diplomatic post and a noteworthy recognition for Lithuania. Mr. Uđackas has had extensive diplomatic experience and has served as Lithuania’s ambassador in the USA and in the UK, as well as having been as Lithuania's chief negotiator for Lithuania’s accession to the EU. Most of the EU States have troops in Afghanistan. Lithuania itself has about 200 soldiers in Afghanistan – with troops in charge of reconstruction in the Ghor province and special forces elsewhere in the country.
Lithuanian soldiers in Afghanistan
greeting locals. Photo courtesy kam.lt
Lithuania’s Millennium Year during 2009 also saw Lithuania take up significant international initiatives and host important international meetings. In October 2009 Lithuania hosted the first ever Asia-Europe Transport Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM) in Vilnius, which explored the building of transport bridges between Europe and Asia. Since July 2009 Lithuania has held the Presidency of the Council of The Baltic Sea States (until June 2010). Also in July 2009 Lithuania took up the chairmanship of the Community of Democracies, which comprises over 100 countries.