President of the Republic of Lithuania

President Gitanas Nausėda to meet with Vice President of India

2019-08-16

Friday, August 16, Vilnius – Tomorrow president Gitanas Nausėda will meet with India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius. This is the first high-level official Indian visit to Lithuania, considered as a new stage for the development of dynamic bilateral cooperation.

Lithuania sees a great potential to expand relations with India. The meeting between President Gitanas Nausėda and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, therefore, also includes negotiations between Lithuanian and Indian delegations on bilateral agreements in culture, agriculture and extradition. India will be invited to open its embassy and cultural center in Vilnius as the two countries engage in increasingly active collaboration. Special focus will be placed on Indian investors whose businesses are welcome in Lithuania.

During their meeting, the President and the Vice President will discuss foreign policy issues: the proposed EU-India free trade agreement, cooperation within ASEM and its role in international institutions as well as international security and peace.

After the exchange of views on political, economic and cultural cooperation, a press conference will be held, followed by the presentation of the Hindu edition of “The history of Lithuania”.

The visit of Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu to Lithuania coincides with meaningful historical dates. Lithuania celebrates the centennial of its national independence and the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, partly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful fight for the independence of India. India marks Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. At the beginning of the 20th century, Hermann Kallenbach – who was born in Rusnė – was introduced to Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa and became one of his foremost friends and associates.

The last Lithuanian highest-level visit to India was made by President Valdas Adamkus in February of 2001. India recognized Lithuania’s independence on 7 September 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 25 February 1992.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2019.08.19 10:04

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