Minister of Foreign Affairs to welcome foreign minister of Lithuania to Canada

News release

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will host Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, in Ottawa, Ontario, on February 27, 2020.

Quotes

“Canada and Lithuania share a strong bond, based on common values—including respect for human rights, democracy and the rules-based international system—and our collaboration on a range of issues. Minister Linkevičius’s visit will be an opportunity to deepen these ties and find new areas of partnership, including scientific research, innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural exchanges.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Governor General Julie Payette visited Lithuania in November 2019, meeting with President Gitanas Nausėda as well as taking part in a variety of events that included academic, business and NGO communities

  • Lithuania is a like-minded partner, sharing Canada’s positions on free trade, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Ukraine and Russia. Canada and Lithuania cooperate in international organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

  • The Canada-Lithuania commercial relationship is growing, with bilateral trade totalling $365.6 million at the end of 2019, a 15% increase over the previous year. 

  • The year 2021 will mark the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Lithuania. Canada never recognized the Soviet annexation of the Baltic States.

  • The Lithuanian diaspora in Canada comprises approximately 59,000 people.

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