Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian met today with his Lithuanian counterpart, Linas Linkevičius.
The two ministers discussed expanding bilateral relations and security in Europe, particularly the deployment of a French joint tactical battalion in Lithuania this July as part of a move to enhance the Atlantic Alliance’s forward presence. Mr. Le Drian and Mr. Linkevičius addressed the current European and international issues on which our countries are working together (Russia, Ukraine, the Sahel, Iran, the Middle East peace plan).
Amélie de Montchalin, minister of state for European affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, also met with Mr. Linkevičius to discuss European issues (the Conference on the Future of Europe, the multiannual budget, the Council of Europe and enlargement).
Mr. Linkevičius also met with Ambassador Pierre Vimont, the President’s special representative for the strategic dialogue with Russia.