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Prime Minister: we look forward to taking further partnership and cooperation with Denmark

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2021 09 30

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Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has met with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary.   

‘We are happy about our very close and friendly relations with Denmark. This year happens to mark the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment and 100th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations. We will always feel indebted to Denmark for its great help to our country, particularly during the first decade of our Independence.  We hope to take further our close political, economic, military cooperation and partnership, also people-to-people contacts’, said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Šimonytė has noted the excellent collaboration between the two countries in the Nordic-Baltic NB8 format, NATO, the EU, and the UN. Great potential for cooperation has been noted in high value-added production, biotechnology (vaccine development), life sciences, alternative fuel sources, science and studies, and culture.

Lithuanian cultural and art institutions, experts, and artists have been in close professional contacts with their counterparts in Denmark.  

‘We also appreciate the consistent military cooperation with Denmark from the very early days of the formation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.  The support provided by Denmark was critical for the future of the army. We are grateful to Denmark for its contribution to the security of the Baltic States and the entire region to that matter - Denmark is currently carrying out its eighth air policing mission.  Participation in the exercise is a long-term support for strengthening the capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.  It is important that Denmark participates in the NATO’s Forward Presence Battalion in Estonia’, said the Head of Government.

According to the Prime Minister, Lithuania attaches great importance to Nordic-Baltic co-operation in the NB8 format.

Covid-19-generated challenges have brought to light the importance of regional and multilateral cooperation in general. Stepping up the Nordic-Baltic co-operation is also believed to yield great benefits as the Baltic States join Nordic co-operation formats.

With regard to COVID-19 challenges, rapid vaccination rollout has been pointed out as a key priority.  Vaccine sharing is essential for global immunity and prevention of new dangerous strains.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership in the United Nations and other international governmental organisations. Lithuania will continue to support effective multilateralism, which serves the basis of the United Nations.  Efforts will continue in all international formats to ensure international peace, protect human rights, and pursue economic and social progress.

The Prime Minister has also pointed out that the support and assistance of the closest partners has significantly helped to cope with the migration crisis on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, noting Denmark’s support in particular. Joint efforts have helped to stabilise the situation, but the challenges of a hybrid attack against the EU are likely to linger for now.