NEW YORK CITY – Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite attended a working lunch on Tuesday, hosted by António Guterres, U.N. Secretary-General, with world leaders – President Donald Trump of the USA, King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, President Racep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan as well as Presidents of Switzerland, Liberia and other countries.
During the lunch, geopolitical situation in the world was discussed with the focus on global security challenges, i.e., tension raised by North Korea, security situation in our region, fight against terrorism and persecution of Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Dalia Grybauskaitė took the opportunity to take note of aggressive and destabilizing role of Russia to her counterparts.
According to the President, such behavior demands strong and consolidated response. We should not allow ourselves to be bullied. We can neither ignore nor remain indifferent faced with gross violation of international norms, destruction of global peace and security architecture or permission to North Korea, Russia or other aggressors to hold peace hostage.
Dalia Grybauskaitė expressed gratitude to the USA President Trump for his unwavering support in ensuring Lithuania’s security and implementing NATO’s deterrence measures. According to the President, Lithuania consistently invests into its own defense as well as contributes to global efforts to fight against terrorism. Next year, Lithuania steps up its contribution and commissions more soldiers to NATO, UN and EU-led anti-terrorism and security operations.