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

From: Global Affairs Canada

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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