Lithuanian and Croatian delegations discuss eastern partnership and situation in the Western Balkans

06 September 2013, Last updated at, 11:38 EEST
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On 6 September, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius met with Croatia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusić, who is paying a visit to Vilnius, to discuss the agenda of Lithuania’s Presidency of the EU Council, important issues related to the Eastern Partnership policy and regional cooperation in the Western Balkans.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister acquainted the head of Croatia’s diplomacy with the EU Presidency’s progress and further plans, focusing on preparations for the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Vilnius in November. The Foreign Minister stressed that Lithuania strongly supported the European integration of the Western Balkans.

The Croatian Minister expressed support for the Lithuanian EU Presidency’s priorities and assured that Croatia was ready to contribute to their successful implementation. According to Pusić, the country will be represented the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November at high level.  Both Ministers stressed the need to strengthen energy security in Europe. The Croatian Minister presented key energy projects in the region in detail.

During the meeting the officials also dedicated a lot of attention to the situation in Syria and discussed development cooperation projects in Afghanistan.

Croatia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusić will attend an informal meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs (Gymnich) on 6 and 7 September in Vilnius.
 

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