On 30 July, Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Inga Černiuk and Rector of ISM University of Management and Economics Dalius Misiūnas signed a cooperation agreement between the MFA and ISM.
On 29 July, at the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lithuania rejected Belarus‘s claims that it was mistreating migrants crossing their mutual border. Lithuania underlined that the refugee flows it faces are irregular and artificially created by the Belarusian regime in Minsk in order to put political pressure on the Government of Lithuania and the EU.
On July 29, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Ambassador Abdul Kareem Toma Mehdi Kaab, Director of the European Department of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is also the head of the delegation visiting Lithuania on July 28-31.
In the evening of 23 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis informed the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell about the latest provocations by Belarus against the EU and Lithuania.
Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis and NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a telephone conversation, and discussed the situation at the Lithuanian state border with Belarus.
Tonight, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis had a telephone conversation with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and once again urged him to address the problem of the air transport channel for irregular migration between Baghdad and Minsk.
On 22 July, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Valatka signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and KTU.
On 20 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis discussed challenges posed by flows of illegal migrants from Belarus to Lithuania and thanked our EU partners for their solidarity and support at a meeting with the EU Ambassadors, who are residing in and accredited to Lithuania.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania informs that it has received a notification from Taipei that a Taiwanese representative office will be opened in Lithuania. It will start its activities as soon as the head of the office arrives already this summer.
On 16 July, Lithuania informed the Permanent Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) of a sharp increase in the number of third country nationals illegally crossing the state border from Belarus into Lithuania over the past two months.
On 16 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in the Atlantic Council's remote conversation "The Fight for Freedom in Eastern Europe and Beyond”.
In Iraq, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein agreed to work together to tackle the irregular migrant crisis.
The MFA informs about adoption by the Seimas of the amendments to the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens and the accompanying legislation (Draft No XIVP-719(2)), thereby providing for faster processing of asylum applications and restricting some of the rights of asylum seekers in cases where the state is not in a position to guarantee their rights due to a state of war or state of emergency, as well as emergency or an emergency event due to the mass influx of foreigners.
On 12 July, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania Ambassador Andrius Krivas sent letters to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Filippo Grandi and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration Mr. António Vitorino in which he provided detailed information on the increased flow of third-country irregular migrants from Belarus to Lithuania and asked respective organizations to react in accordance with their mandates.
In the evening of 13 July in Ankara, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with the Chancellor of the Government Giedrė Balčytytė and the Vice-Minister of the Interior Arnoldas Abramavičius, met with Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the Minister of the Interior Süleyman Soylu. The main purpose of the visit to Ankara was to take joint action to stop the flow of illegal migrants to Lithuania from Belarus, to prevent the emergence of a new illegal migration route to Lithuania through Belarus, and to put an end to the existing criminal human smuggling schemes.