October 2016

NATO Secretary General welcomes discussion on strengthening European defence

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 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with EU Defence Ministers in Bratislava on Tuesday (27 September 2016) to discuss stronger cooperation between the European Union and NATO, and shared security challenges. He stressed the importance of implementing the Joint NATO-EU Declaration, signed in the margins of the Warsaw Summit, which gives new substance to the partnership between NATO and the EU. 

Pope’s message of reconciliation to loom large in Georgia, Azerbaijan

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By Inés San Martín

Pope Francis travels to Georgia and Azerbaijan over the weekend, and each stop presents its own unique challenges. In Georgia he'll visit an overwhelmingly Orthodox nation constantly at odds with Russia, and in Azerbaijan he'll encounter a largely Shi'a Muslim society, in both cases pushing peace and reconciliation. 

Linkevičius thanked Iceland for its courage to recognise Lithuania’s independence

Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius together with his colleagues from Latvia and Estonia visited Reykjavik on 25-26 September on the invitation of Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttirto and took part in the events and meetings to mark the 25th anniversary of reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Iceland and the Baltic states. Mr Minister noted that Iceland was the first country to recognise the state of Lithuania and expressed his gratitude to the people of Iceland for their support and solidarity on Lithuania’s road to freedom, democracy, and establishment of full-fledged statehood.