Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius met with the United Kingdom's new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Brussels on Monday.

To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
Boris Johnson
© Reuters/Scanpix

The two officials discussed the situation of EU migrants after Britain's Brexit vote and Johnson, who has Lithuanian ancestry, accepted Linkevičius' invitation to visit Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Johnson, who was campaigning for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, said during the meeting that the British voters' decision must be respected and carried out. However, he added, it does not mean that the UK is leaving Europe. This was Johnson's main message during his first EU Council meeting on Monday.

On his part, Linkevičius noted that Britain remains a partner of Lithuania in matters of security, defence, trade and others.

"I hope that our cooperation in these fields will be further strengthened. I am glad that I heard a willingness from the new UK minister to keep Lithuania as a partner and friend as close as possible," Linkevičius said in a statement.

The two ministers also discussed the recent rice in attacks against EU migrants in Britain. Linkevičius said that Johnson had reassured him that hate crimes would be treated seriously and that migrants from Lithuania and other countries were an important and respected part of the UK society.

Johnson's great grandfather comes from Lithuania, therefore the UK's foreign secretary gladly accepted Linkevičius' invitation to visit Lithuania, the MFA says.

Linas Linkevičius, Boris Johnson
Linas Linkevičius, Boris Johnson
Leave a comment
Commenting is allowed for registered users only!
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Four more refugees to be transferred to Lithuania from Turkey

Lithuania will have to accept another four refugees, implementing the international agreement, the...

Putin-linked oligarch's plane lands in Vilnius

A plane belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch having close ties with Russian President...

Lithuania, UK, several other EU countries press for sanctions over cyber-attacks

Lithuania, Britain and several other EU member states have called on the European Union to expand...

Lithuanian PM to meet with Japanese counterpart

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe ,...

Lithuanian PM honors memory of Jew rescuer Sugihara, Hiroshima victims

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis , currently visiting Japan, on Thursday honored the...