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Lithuanian President wants pause in "ceremonial meetings" with Poland

Audronius Ažubalis, Dalia Grybauskaitė
T.Lukšio/BFL nuotr. / Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis and Dalia Grybauskaitė
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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė wants a pause in ceremonial meetings in Lithuania's relations with Poland, senior foreign policy adviser Jovita Neliupšienė said.

"The pause does not concern the top-level relations but exceptionally ceremonial meetings. It is always a 'yes' to top-level working meetings," Neliupšienė told BNS.

Nevertheless, she did not elaborate whether the president would follow the tradition of going to Warsaw next month for Independence Day celebrations. Grybauskaitė has gone to Warsaw on 11 November for the past three years, just as her predecessor Valdas Adamkus.

Lithuanian-Polish relations have been strained lately by differing opinions on national minorities. Last summer, the president stated that "making a pause is a better choice in some relations than attempts to mend what cannot be corrected."

In the adviser's words, Lithuanian-Polish cooperation in key areas remains intensive, and political interference in some areas is unnecessary.

"Bilateral cooperation in key areas remains intensive. A focus is placed on energy projects, trade, tourism. In cases that matters are addressed in a constructive manner and a decision that is satisfactory to both sides is found, political interference is not needed," Neliupsiene said.

On 11 November Poland will hold solemn festivities to celebrate the 1918 restoration of independence. Lithuanian presidents have attended events in Warsaw for the past five years to congratulate the neighboring country. In return, Polish presidents had been coming to Vilnius for the Lithuanian independence day on 16 February.

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