Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has met with Ambassador of the Order of Malta H.E. Manfred Ritter Mautner von Markhof to discuss the bilateral relations and the activities of the Order in Lithuania.
The Prime Minister has noted the great importance of the support coming from the Order to Lithuania right from the early days of the restoration of Lithuania’s Independence.
‘The Order of Malta is Lithuania’s important partner that has contributed to a number of projects. We appreciate Order of Malta’s efforts towards strengthening of social welfare, reducing poverty and exclusion.
Order of Malta Relief Organization in Lithuania and its activities are of great value, particularly as regards spreading of the culture of volunteering. We stand ready to continue our cooperation’, said the Head of Government.
The Prime Minister has welcomed the active involvement of the Order of Malta in the working group to coordinate and address issues related to the provision of assistance to groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will be followed suit in terms of setting up a working group for joint activities with the Order of Malta Relief Organization.
The issue of illegal migration across the Lithuanian-Belarusian border and the activities of the Order of Malta in addressing problems related to illegal migration have also been discussed at the meeting.
According to the Prime Minister, today Lithuania needs the solidarity from the EU and the international community, as the Lukashenko regime uses people – illegal migrants – as a weapon, as a tool.