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Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė Will Attend The ‘Munich Security Conference’

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The Lithuanian President to attend the Munich Security Conference

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 11, Vilnius – On Saturday, 13 February, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will travel to Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference – the most important independent forum in the region which discusses key international security policy challenges.

This conference traditionally brings together heads of state, government members and the most prominent political experts and analysts. The 52th conference aims to use the world’s best minds in addressing global challenges, to search for peaceful solutions to conflicts and enhance the Euro-Atlantic system.

In the Bavarian capital, the President has been invited to deliver a speech in the presidential debate – the main discussion of the conference – on current and future international security policy challenges. (The President’s speech and the debate will be streamed live on the Munich Security Conference’s website www.securityconference.de on 13 February, from 11:20 a.m.).

The President points out that, due to the tense geopolitical situation and existing threats, strengthening security and defense remains a key priority for Lithuania and the entire Euro-Atlantic community. The debate will also discuss the objectives to be pursued at the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw and will look at the Alliance’s further military security and deterrence measures necessary for our region.

Taking part at the debate will be Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. The discussion will also place special emphasis on Ukraine and measures to tackle the migration crisis and terrorist threats.

This year, King Abdullah II of Jordan, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as British and French defense ministers will pay a visit to the Bavarian capital.

The Lithuanian President’s bilateral meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Georgia’s new Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili are also scheduled in the margins of the conference.

{Source: Government of Lithuania – Press Service of the President}

[photo credits-featured image: Munich – Maria column in the Marienplatz and the towers of the Frauenkirche – By User:Nino Barbieri (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons]

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