Lithuanian and Armenian Foreign Ministers discuss possibilities for closer cooperation
On 16 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who is visiting Vilnius. The two Foreign Ministers expressed their wish for closer cooperation and discussed ways to strengthen the mutually beneficial ties between the two countries in various areas.
"We are ready to share our experience with Armenia in various areas, in which we have implemented successful reforms," said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister. L. Linkevičius highlighted Lithuania's progress in implementing a refunding scheme for drinks containers and in developing renewable energy.
The Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Armenia following the 2018 “Velvet Revolution”, Armenia's cooperation with the European Union, the situation in the South Caucasus, and other important international policy issues.
According to L. Linkevičius, Lithuania has always supported the strengthening of Armenia's relations with Europe. In fact, Lithuania is one of the first states to ratify the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA). In addition, L. Linkevičius voiced his support to Armenia's aspirations for opening a visa liberalisation dialogue with the EU.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister invited Armenian representatives to attend international conferences on financial technology (fintech) and life sciences in Vilnius.
The Armenian Foreign Minister will also hold meetings with the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis, the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, and the Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation Gintaras Vilda. The Foreign Minister Z. Mnatsakanyan will also participate in a discussion on Armenia at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius and will meet with representatives of the local Armenian community.
Z. Mnatsakanyan was appointed as the Foreign Minister in May 2018. He remained in office after the formation of the new Armenian Government in January 2019. The Armenian Foreign Minister’s last visit to Lithuania took place in 2013.