Lithuanian defense minister, senior Pentagon official test positive for COVID-19: Pentagon

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Miller meets with Lithuania’s Defense Minister Karobli at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia
FILE PHOTO: Lithuania’s Defense Minister Raimundas Karobli speaks during a meeting with Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller at the Pentagon in nearby Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has tested positive for COVID-19 and Anthony Tata, one of several senior U.S. defense officials who met him at the Pentagon last week, also tested positive on Thursday, the Pentagon said.

The Lithuanian embassy told the Pentagon of Karoblis’s positive test on Thursday, it added. Tata, who performs the duties of undersecretary of defense for policy, had met Karoblis on Nov. 13.

All the senior U.S. defense officials who met Karoblis on Nov. 13 and Monday, including Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, were tested for COVID-19, the Pentagon said in its statement.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)