News2020.02.28 10:24

Matulionis appointed Lithuania's NATO ambassador

BNS 2020.02.28 10:24

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Thursday appointed Deputy Government Chancellor Deividas Matulionis as Lithuania's permanent representative to NATO.

Under the presidential decree, Matulionis will assume the new position on April 20.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he plans to appoint his adviser Lukas Savickas, who was not appointed economy and innovation minister, as the government's deputy chancellor.

"He will probably be appointed the government's deputy chancellor," the prime minister told reporters.

Matulionis started his diplomatic career in 1991 after joining the Foreign Ministry. He later served as Lithuania's ambassador to Denmark and Germany, was the government chancellor in 2009–2012, and was then appointed as the PM's adviser on international policy in 2017. He has served as the government's vice chancellor since February 2018.

Candidates approved by the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs are proposed to the Cabinet, and the final decision is made by the president.

Vytautas Leškevičius currently serves as Lithuania's ambassador to NATO.

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