Lithuanian government approves candidates for ambassadors in US, South Africa and Switzerland

Rolandas Kriščiūnas
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister Rolandas Kriščiūnas is being proposed for the position of Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States. Valentina Zeitler is being nominated for the position of ambassador to Switzerland and Sigutė Jakštonytė has been chosen to lead Lithuania’s Embassy in the Republic of South Africa, currently being set up.

In Lithuania, ambassadors are appointed and dismissed by the president, but nominated by the government and have to be endorsed by the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Kriščiūnas should assume his news position on August 3, replacing Žygimantas Pavilionis whose term expires on July 30.

Kriščiūnas was appointed a vice-minister of foreign affairs in late 2012. He previously served as a finance vice-minister for three years. In 1998-2001, he worked at the Lithuanian Embassy in the United States, and later held several positions at the Ministry of Finance.

Zeitler should assume her ambassadorial post on July 27. She previously worked at Lithuania’s Embassies in Ukraine, Austria and Germany.

Jakštonytė is also set to start working in South Africa on July 27. She is currently director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs‘ Law and International Treaties Department. She previously served as Lithuania’s ambassador to Canada and worked at Lithuania’s Embassy in the US and the country’s Permanent Representation to the EU.

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