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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs discuss the situation in Belarus, EU-Swiss relations

Created: 2021.07.08 / Updated: 2021.07.08 17:23
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs discuss the situation in Belarus, EU-Swiss relations
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs discuss the situation in Belarus, EU-Swiss relations
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs discuss the situation in Belarus, EU-Swiss relations
      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis and the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs discuss the situation in Belarus, EU-Swiss relations

      On 8 July in Vilnius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the Vice-President of the Federal Council, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis and discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and Switzerland, the situation in Belarus, including the issue of irregular migration, the reform process in Ukraine, and the future of EU-Swiss relations.

      The two Foreign Ministers highlighted the excellent bilateral relationship between Lithuania and Switzerland. “This year marks two anniversaries. 100 years ago, Switzerland recognised Lithuania’s independence and, 30 years ago, the two countries re-established their diplomatic relations. I believe that this will be a great opportunity to raise our relationship to an even higher level," said the head of Lithuania's diplomacy.

      The Foreign Ministers exchanged their views on the situation in Belarus. “The Belarusian regime's repression may have reduced protests, but it is much more difficult to break the spirit of the people and to undermine their freedom aspirations,” said Landsbergis. Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also thanked Switzerland for its decision to widen its sanctions list against the Belarusian regime, joining the EU countries.

      The interlocutors also discussed prospects for EU-Swiss relations. “Switzerland is a very important partner not only for Lithuania, but also for the EU as a whole. Thus, we are interested in maintaining as close as possible relations between the EU and Switzerland,” said Lithuania's Foreign Minister.
       
      Landsbergis also wished Switzerland success in organising the next Ukraine Reform Conference in 2022 and promised to share gained experiences.

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