Lithuanian and UAE Foreign Ministers agree to further strengthen their partnership
On 17 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who attended the Sir Bani Yas Forum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), met with Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of this country.
The Foreign Ministers discussed key issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as cooperation within international organizations, regional and international security. According to the Minister L. Linkevičius, the UAE is Lithuania‘s main partner in the Persian Gulf region. Lithuania is ready to actively promote political, economic, and cultural relations. In addition, the Embassy of Lithuania in Abu Dhabi will be opened next year. L. Linkevičius invited his counterpart to open the UAE embassy in Lithuania.
The Foreign Ministers agreed to continue collaborating to improve conditions for the development of business contacts: to begin the work at the bilateral intergovernmental commission, to conclude and sign the agreement for the promotion and protection of investments with the UAE as soon as possible. They also discussed cooperation in the fields of trade, high technology, education, science, and transport. The two Foreign Ministers agreed to continue aiming at the establishment of direct flights between Lithuania and the UAE. Minister L. Linkevičius expressed the hope that the planned visit of officials from the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology in December would help complete the certification process for Lithuanian meat products and would open the way for exporting Lithuanian meat products to the UAE.
The UAE Foreign Minister expressed interest in Lithuania's experience in the field of biotechnology, welcomed the expansion of cultural ties, and highly evaluated the Lithuanian initiative to annually organize the traditional Arabic Culture Days in Lithuania. This year, the events will be attended by representatives from the UAE.