The Lithuanian government gave the green light on Wednesday for appointing two of outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaitė's advisors as ambassadors.
Grybauskaitė's chief foreign policy advisor Nerijus Aleksiejūnas is planned to be appointed Lithuania's ambassador to France as of August 2, and her chief economic and social policy advisor Lina Antanavičienė will likely become the country's ambassador to Israel as of August 8.
Lithuanian ambassadors are nominated by the government and appointed by the president, with approval from the parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.
Aleksiejūnas became Grybauskaitė's chief foreign policy advisor in 2016 after earlier being in charge of EU issues within the team of her foreign policy advisors for a year.
Previously, he held various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, worked for Lithuania's Permanent Representation to the EU and was a delegated national expert at the European Commission.
Antanavičienė became the president's chief advisor on economic and social policy issues in 2015. Before she served as Lithuania's ambassador to China, held various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was an advisor at the Lithuanian Embassy to Norway.