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Message of greetings from President Gitanas Nausėda for the celebration of March 11


Dear All,

I extend my greetings to you on three decades of independence!

On thirty years of celebrating our national and individual revival!

The voice of a proud and unbroken nation, which created a miracle for Lithuania and marked a historical milestone in the 20th century, speaks out to us every year on this day.



It fills us all with strong emotions and resonates with promise, inspiration and commitment to consistently strengthen freedom in our hearts and homeland.

With acute awareness that this is the only way to deliver the great vision of Lithuania – an independent tomorrow.

So, let us pass it on to future generations with pride and responsibility!

I wish you all a strong nation-building spirit today and always!

Happy and meaningful March 11!

Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Societies, having not overcome their traumas, pass them on to future generations: policy, history, arts and medical experts say

Having gathered in Vilnius on 5–6 March, experts in various fields appealed to the international community and urged it to provide traumatised societies with means to heal their wounds.

Consequences of historical trauma experienced by individuals and societies: mental health problems, loss of identity, fear, alcohol addiction, and suicide, violence in families and communities, and social isolation were discussed at the Conference “Dealing with the Trauma of an Undigested Past” held in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Much attention was paid to the impact of trauma on international relations and means of dealing with it.

The Declaration adopted by Conference participants emphasises that historical traumas influence how societies view themselves and what their domestic and international policies are. The recognition of traumas, acknowledgement of their impact and work on dealing with them leads societies towards recovery and reconciliation.

The Declaration encourages governments and international organisations to fully research and publicly recognise what happened exactly, who was involved and in what way; to assure that justice is done as restoration of justice facilitates post-trauma healing and those affected can be refilled with a sense of well-being; to promote artistic reflection of traumatic experiences as an effective tool of expressing and symbolising pain and facilitating truth seeking and healing processes; to use every means to counter attempts to distort historical facts and whitewash crimes by the totalitarian regimes.

At the same time, mental health professionals are encouraged to be more active in developing strategies for preventing trauma transmission to future generations. The Declaration runs, “Descendants of victims, survivors and perpetrators grieving together, and giving each other permission to grieve, is an essential part of healing historical wounds.”

The Conference where politicians, historians, artists, and mental health professionals from America, Asia and Europe meet is the first event of the kind in Lithuania.

The Conference was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Andrei Sakharov Research Centre for Democratic Development of Vytautas Magnus University, the Institute of Psychology of Vilnius University, and other partners.

Vilnius Declaration On Dealing with Consequences of Collective Trauma

Lithuania officially opens its Embassy in United Arab Emirates

On 8 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, met with Ministers and officially opened the Lithuanian Embassy in the UAE.

In Abu Dhabi, L. Linkevičius met with his counterpart, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The meeting focused on issues related to regional security, counter-terrorism, and the situation in the Middle East. The Foreign Ministers also discussed future prospects for the development of bilateral relations, strengthening economic and cultural cooperation, Lithuania’s participation in the Expo 2020 Dubai, and cooperation within international organizations. The interlocutors also highlighted the importance of strengthening economic relations between Lithuania and the UAE, tapping into the potential of the partnership in the fields of investment, science and education, innovation, transport, tourism, etc.

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister together with Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State in the United Arab Emirates Government charged with Public and Cultural Diplomacy, officially opened the Embassy of Lithuania in the UAE.

“The opening of the embassy is an important step towards the development of relations between Lithuania and the United Arab Emirates that marks a new stage in the relationship. We have just taken our agricultural products to the UAE market. However, the UAE is interested not only in traditional businesses, but also in our start-ups, renewable energy and other technology. I believe that the UAE will be the gateway to other markets in the Middle East and North Africa. There is no doubt that the activities of the embassy will significantly contribute to the excellent relationship between Lithuania and the UAE, not only in the economic but also in other fields", said L. Linkevičius, who welcomed the visitors of the solemn event.

Members of the UAE government, entrepreneurs, representatives of foreign missions, public figures, and members of the Lithuanian community attended the opening ceremony.

On 1 September, the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United Arab Emirates Edminas Bagdonas presented his letters of credence to the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. E. Bagdonas is the first Ambassador of Lithuania, who resides in the UAE.

Lithuania and the UAE established their diplomatic relations on 16 October 1992.