Foreign minister who has lost President’s confidence may not stay in the Government
Wednesday, January 20, Vilnius - In the meeting with Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė said that collaboration with the Minister of Foreign affairs, Vygaudas Ušackas, was not successful and had no prospects.
According to the President, she has lost confidence in the Foreign Minister, and foreign policy therefore may not be implemented efficiently. The President urged the Prime Minister to take procedural actions and to come up with a proposal to dismiss Foreign Minister Vygaudas Ušackas from office.
The President underlined she wanted to see the Government in action and focussed on concrete results, not on empty talks. According to the President, foreign policy is especially important for Lithuania's interests and may not be manipulated by a minister for political self-promotion.
Dalia Grybauskaitė also pointed out that a minister may not pursue his own, personal, foreign policy or implement it without obtaining agreement from the President. Article 84 of the Constitution clearly states that key issues of foreign policy shall be decided, and foreign policies implemented in cooperation with the Government, by the President of the Republic.
Press Service of the President
10:00 Solemn parliamentary sitting to commemorate the Day of Restoration of Lithuania's Independence (Seimas, Gedimino pr. 53)
12:00 The Baltic States’ flag-raising ceremony (Independence Square)
13:30 Holy Mass (Vilnius Cathedral)
17:15 Meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Presidential Palace, S. Daukanto a.3)
19:00 The President greets laureates of the Honor of Lithuania awards (National Philharmonic Hall)
19:50 Address by the President at the concert dedicated to March 11 (Cathedral Square)