Islamabad, October 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Third round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and Lithuania was held in Vilnius on 15 October 2012. Pakistan Delegation was led by Ms. Ayesha Riyaz, Additional Secretary (Europe and FoDP), Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the Lithuanian Delegation was headed by Ms. Ina Marčiulionytė, Director of the Department of Latin America, Asia, Africa and Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilnius.
Pakistan attaches great importance to its diplomatic relations with Lithuania which were established two decades ago in 1991. Lithuania, a member of the EU as well as the NATO, is going to assume the Presidency of the European Council for the half year July-December 2013.
During the Bilateral Political Consultations, the two delegations discussed the whole range of bilateral relations including political ties, economic cooperation, trade and investment, collaboration in the field of education and science and technology, and cultural and parliamentary exchanges. Expressing satisfaction at the doubling of the bilateral trade volume over the past five years, the two sides agreed to undertake suitable measure to sustain this momentum in the growth of bilateral trade.
The Additional Secretary briefed the Lithuanian delegation in detail on the investment opportunities in the country. She also expressed the hope that Lithuania would continue supporting Pakistan’s case in the EU for greater market access.
The two sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest including situation in Afghanistan and counterterrorism. The Lithuanian side conveyed its deep appreciation for the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
Both the sides agreed to hold the next round of the Bilateral Political Consultations in Islamabad.
Later, the leader of the Pakistan delegation called on the Vice Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Mrs. Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė. She also held useful meetings with the Deputy Rector of Vilnius University and the Director of the Investment and Export Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of Economy.
For more information, contact:
Syed Haider Ali Jafri
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 921 0335 and 9056604