The nomination of Karoblis and 30 other heads of EU delegations to various countries was announced by Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. They will be formally appointed following receipt of respective agreements from their host countries.
Karoblis took office as the deputy foreign minister in March, replacing Arnoldas Pranckevicius, who was appointed as Lithuania’s ambassador to the European Union.
The Foreign Ministry said to be aware of Karoblis’ career plans.
“Karoblis started applying for EU jobs a year ago. He applied for the job of the head of the EU delegation to Tajikistan in September, having secured full support from the minister,” Vytaute Smaizyte-Kuliesiene, spokeswoman for the foreign minister, stated.
Karoblis served as Lithuania’s Minister of Defense between 2016 and 2020, after working as Lithuania’s permanent representative to the EU and permanent representative to the WTO.
After the expiry of Karoblis’ term of office in the ministry of defense, he was considered a candidate for the post of Lithuania's ambassador to the European Union, yet President Gitanas Nauseda then said that he would not appoint either Karoblis or Linas Linkevicius, the foreign minister in the previous Cabinet, as ambassadors to Washington and Brussels, because they needed a "political cooling-off" period.
However, Nauseda stated last October that he was now ready to "seriously consider" Karoblis as a candidate for the ambassadorial job, which eventually went to Arnoldas Pranckevicius.