Why have both the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania and the United States State Department supported the first Diplomatic Mission in Aspen? The answer is significantly more than why not?
In 2011 His Excellency Ambassador Pavilionis asked Dr. Prunskis to be the Hon. Consul of Lithuania. Dr. Prunskis was honored to have been asked and it was decided that this posting should be in Aspen.
The Rocky Mountains and Aspen in particular have become a global hub where thought leaders from the business world, the arts and politics converge for reflection and rejuvenation.
The one thing that was missing was a Diplomatic Corps based in Aspen.
Lithuania has been one of the United States staunchest allies and partners in all facets of the two countries affairs. Lithuania seeks to strengthen those ties with the presence of their Hon. Consulate in Aspen by engaging and interacting with U.S. and global thought leaders strengthening and facilitating global relations in business, politics and the arts.
For those who would like to familiarize themselves with the selection and vetting process of an Hon. Consul the process is as follows. The Ambassador asks a trusted individual who has achieved a certain level of prominence to represent their country. The process then commences by extensive background checks, including but not limited to, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, The U.S. State Department and their respective security agencies. The Hon Consul is then issued Letters of Credentials by the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, a Hon. Consular identification card by the U.S. State Department both of which carry privileges and responsibilities.
In November of 2012 at the conference of International Consuls (FICAC) which was held under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II in Monte Carlo , Dr. Prunskis was elected Dean of the Aspen Consular Corps.