Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania. Antanas Valionis is an independent, but was nominated to the Cabinet by the centre-left New Union (Social Liberals) (NS). He entered public service in 1990 in the Food Industry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, and later became Lithuanian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Poland and Romania. He was appointed Foreign Minister on 30 October 2000.
Born on 21 September 1950 in the central Kedainiai region, he graduated in mechanics from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1974. He spent six years in the meat processing industry before joining a local committee of the Communist Party of Lithuania as head of its Industry and Transport Department in 1980. He was promoted to the Agriculture and Food Department of the party's national Central Committee in 1985. He maintained a similar position in the post-Soviet Agriculture Ministry from 1990 to 1994 before achieving a doctorate in political science from the University of Warsaw. He then took up the post of Lithuanian Ambassador to Poland. His role was expanded to include Bulgaria and Romania from 1996. He was appointed Foreign Minister on 30 October 2000 in the new Government of Prime Minister Rolandas Paksas, and retained the post under his successor, Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, from 5 July 2001.
Antanas Valionis is married to Romualda and they have two sons.
Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, J. Tumo-Vaižganto 2, Vilnius 2600.
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