Lithuanian and Kyrgyz Foreign Ministers agree to speed up the validation process for Lithuanian naming of mountain peaks
On 21 November, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with Chingiz Aidarbekov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, who is visiting Lithuania. The meeting focused on prospects for the development of bilateral cooperation, Kyrgyzstan's relations with the European Union, and regional cooperation in Central Asia.
The Foreign Ministers discussed the possibility of speeding up the validation process for the Lithuanian naming of Kyrgyz mountain peaks. From 1959 to 2018, Lithuanian mountaineers climbed six unnamed peaks, which were named important Lithuanian and Kyrgyz names.
„Validating the names is important not only symbolically. This would encourage mountaineers and tourists, in general, to travel more actively to Kyrgyzstan,” said the Minister L. Linkevičius.
The Lithuanian and Kyrgyz Foreign Ministers signed the bilateral agreement for economic cooperation and the agreement providing for visa-free travel for the holders of a valid diplomatic passport.
The Foreign Ministers agreed that there was a lot of untapped potential for the development of cooperation, particularly in the fields of logistics and transportation, information technology, education, agriculture, light industry, etc.
The Minister L. Linkevičius voiced his support for Kyrgyzstan's aspirations to strengthen relations with the EU. The EU and Kyrgyzstan are currently actively negotiating a new cooperation agreement that will open up new opportunities for bilateral cooperation and provide support for Kyrgyzstan's economic and public governance reforms.
The Kyrgyz Foreign Minister briefed on the situation in Central Asia and welcomed the growing cooperation between the countries of the region.
Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan established their diplomatic relations on 3 July 1992.