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On 16-17 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended a session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which mainly focused on a crisis point reached by the Council of Europe due to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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On 16 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council (Development) in Brussels. EU development ministers discussed how to maintain momentum for the 2030 Agenda towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sahel. Ministers also aimed at adjusting their views on the financing of the European Union's foreign policy in the context of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

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On 14 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with the Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania Etjen Xhafaj, who is responsible for economic and EU issues.

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On 14 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a high-level conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in Brussels. The Foreign Minister addressed the session on the future goals of the Eastern Partnership.

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On 10 May, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) of the United Nations issued recommendations to Lithuania on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Committee highlighted positive legal and institutional measures taken by Lithuania to implement the pact, especially regarding the fight against intolerance and discrimination, the integration of Roma, trafficking in human beings, and training against hate crimes for law enforcement.

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On 8 May, the Ambassador to Lithuania Giedrius Čekuolis presented his letters of credence to Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden. During the audience, the interlocutors discussed bilateral issues and recalled the visit of the Swedish royal couple to Lithuania in 2015.

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On 8 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Andrew Baker and the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania Anne Hall. The meeting was also attended by Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community.

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On 7 May in New York, the United Nations Economic and Social Council elected Lithuania for the first time ever to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the period 2020-2022. Lithuania‘s election to this important entity of the United Nations will provide the opportunity to further intensify its level of engagement in addressing the issues of gender equality and women's empowerment that are among the priorities of all international organizations, including the United Nations.

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On 7 May, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where a protest was expressed over the officially announced false statement of the Russian Embassy in the U.S. about the Lithuanian partisan commander Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas after a monument to him was unveiled in the suburb of Chicago.

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On 6 May, the Ambassador of Lithuania Julius Pranevičius presented his letters of credence to the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena.

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On 7 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius signed the Diversity Charter. Organizations, companies and institutions signing the charter seek to be socially responsible and to contribute to positive change in the society, to promote diversity and equality in the workplace without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, race, nationality, religion, gender identity, etc.

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On 6 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with the new Ambassador of Georgia to Lithuania Levan Gvachliani.

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On 4 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius conferred the highest amateur art award in Lithuania – “Aukso paukštė” (“The Golden Bird”) – on the Lithuanian dance group from Chicago “Grandis” ("The Link").

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On 4 May in Chicago, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a solemn ceremony of unveiling of the monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Union of Lithuanian Freedom Fighters, head of state of the country that was resisting its occupation. Auksutė Ramanauskaitė-Skokauskienė, daughter of A. Ramanauskas-Vanagas, and his granddaughter Inga Jancevičienė also took part in the ceremony.

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