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On 6 November at Halifax International Security Forum, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis met with Canadian Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay and U.S. Senator John McCain. During the forum’s discussions, Lithuanian Foreign Minister presented the country’s opinion about the results of NATO enlargement in the past few years.
The Foreign Minister invited J.McCain to visit Lithuania in 2011 and to take part in the commemoration of January 1991 events. The Senator said that he unceasingly and closely watched the political and security situation in Lithuania and throughout the region, and stressed his support for democracy promotion in the EU and NATO’s eastern neighbourhood.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Canadian Minister of National Defence discussed the agenda of the upcoming NATO Summit in Lisbon, cooperation with Ukraine and possibilities for joint activities in Afghanistan.

During a discussion on the past decade’s experience of NATO enlargement (the decision to invite Lithuania to join NATO was made in autumn 2002), Minister A.Ažubalis stressed the need for indivisible security in the transatlantic space, the necessity of the adaptation of NATO to new conditions and of strengthening the Alliance’s ability to promote security and stability in neighbouring countries, and the significance of partnerships.

The Forum was held by the German Marshall Fund of the United States in cooperation with the Government of Canada. This international conference is the greatest of its kind in Canada. Its main aim is to address the top global security challenges that the transatlantic community faces. Every year this international security conference brings together leading policy and opinion makers, defence and military representatives from North America, Europe and Asia for in-depth discussions on security and defence challenges.