There are 193 Member States of the United Nations. Lithuania has diplomatic relations with 185 Members, thus it has to carry out its obligations under the legally binding mutual agreement to respect one another’s sovereignty and maintain relations in line with the principles of international law. When the Lithuanian Head of State pays visits to foreign countries, or when he/she receives foreign guests in Lithuania, one of the ways to show respect and strengthen mutual ties is by exchanging official gifts, which is a diplomatic tradition, with its roots in ancient civilisations. This paves the way for good mutual feelings between the heads of states and serves as an introduction of their respective countries.
Gifts of State can vary greatly – from books and pieces of folk art, to gemstone or golden jewellery. On display are the gifts that the Presidents of Lithuania received from their counterparts at bilateral meetings in foreign countries.