Vilnius, 11 July 2023 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met the Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 10, 2023. Both leaders discussed different priorities in the meeting.

The Canadian Prime Minister extended his gratitude, thanking Prime Minister Šimonytė for hosting the NATO Summit.

The leaders reasserted the importance and the commitment of both states to strengthen and enhance their bilateral relations, with the inclusion of Canada opening a full embassy in Vilnius.

Moreover, both leaders also conversed on the ways to support Ukraine and reaffirmed their commitment to the NATO alliance, and the security of its eastern side. They also reassured their support for Ukraine’s path toward its Euro-Atlantic integration. Both Prime Ministers also agreed to stay in contact with each other.

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The Canadian Prime Minister had earlier announced that he would travel to Latvia and Lithuania from the 10th to the 12th of July. This visit came in line with the NATO Summit that was to be held from the 11th to the 12th of July 2023.

Prime Minister Trudeau on this occasion, had planned to participate in an official bilateral visit to Latvia on July 10. He would then visit Lithuania to meet the NATO allies and partners in the Summit, to address shared priorities, global challenges, and strengthen Canada’s close collaboration with NATO.

NATO Summit:

The NATO Summit for this year included a number of NATO Heads of State and Government and key allies and partners. The agenda for the summit was to include a broad range of topics, including a discussion on the crucial challenges that NATO is currently facing, as well as, deliberation on strengthening NATO’s defense and deterrence. An important aspect to be discussed was also NATO’s support of Ukraine amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.