Minister congratulated Colombia on Independence Day
On 20 July Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius congratulated Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Maria Ángela Holguin Cuéllar, on Colombian Independence Day.
Minister stated in his letter that he was particularly happy to note that the relations between the two countries were intesifying with each year. Re-opening of the Honorary Consulate in Bogota as well as an increasing number of visits had substantially contributed to the mutually beneficial cooperation.
The head of the Lithuanian diplomacy noted Lithuania's support to Colombian government in its efforts to re-establish peace and security in the country. Lithuania made a voluntary contribution to the EU Trust Fund last year aimed at the implementation of Colombia's peace agreement. Another contribution is planned for this year.
Minister Linkevičius also reiterated his appreciation of Colombia's support to Lithuania’s efforts to gain an observer status of the Pacific Alliance. The observer status was granted to Lithuania on 2 June 2017.
On 7 June, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius accepted a girls' basketball team from Colombia visiting Lithuania. The basketball players have been staying in Lithuania for two weeks, since they participate in the sports diplomacy initiative carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, to which Lithuania also contributes.