Ottawa, ON – On Friday, November 27, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Chong held a phone call with H.E. Darius Skusevičius, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada, about Canada-Lithuania relations.

MP Chong highlighted several items with the Ambassador, including:

  • Canada’s close and friendly ties to Lithuania, an ally and partner in NATO. MP Chong noted that hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members are deployed in the Baltics on Operation Reassurance, Canada’s largest current international military operation and part of NATO assurance and deterrence measures, an operation which Conservatives support.
  • Conservatives’ belief in expanding trade with democratic allies. He pointed to the opportunities under the new CETA for Canada to expand trade with Lithuania, a member of the European Union.
  • Conservatives’ belief that Canada should work with Lithuania and other European democracies to provide a counter to increasingly authoritarian regimes.

H.E. Darius Skusevičius congratulated MP Chong on his appointment and thanked him for the Conservatives’ continued support for close bilateral relations. H.E. Skusevičius and MP Chong also discussed last month’s election in Lithuania, Magnitsky sanctions on human rights violators and the 30th anniversary next year of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Lithuania.