President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President will meet with Japan's Prime Minister

2018-01-11

Thursday, January 11, Vilnius – On Saturday, January 13, at 4:35 p.m. President Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, who is coming on an official visit to Lithuania.

The meeting will focus on international policy and security issues, cooperation between Japan and NATO, bilateral economic, trade and scientific contacts, as well as the EU-Japan relationship.

Lithuania and Japan share a similar understanding of the challenges posed to global security and have successful cooperation experience with each other. Japan is a global partner of NATO, which contributed to the Lithuania-led provincial reconstruction team activities in Afghanistan. In 2016, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Training Squadron conducted a friendly port visit to Klaipėda in support of Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen its security. The President and the Prime Minister of Japan will also discuss possibilities for cooperation in cyber security.

They will exchange views on pressing international issues, with a special focus on tension in the Korean Peninsula and the complicated geopolitical situation in the EU’s neighborhood. Japan holds a principled position on the annexation of Crimea and applies sanctions to Russia. Like Lithuania, Japan provides financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and supports its ongoing democratic reforms.

The President and the Prime Minister of Japan will place particular emphasis on bilateral relations and their further development. Japan is the primary partner of Lithuania in science, innovation and technologies across Asia, with dynamic contacts maintained in medicine and life sciences. Bilateral trade has increased almost threefold in the last five years. Lithuania’s rapidly growing financial technologies and startups open new avenues for closer economic ties. Japan is a member of the G7 and the world’s third largest economy - and is one of the most advanced countries in the world.

The two countries are linked by unique historical bonds. Japanese consul Chiune Sugihara, who worked in Lithuania in between the two world wars - was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.

This is the first such high ranking official visit to be made to Lithuania over the last decade. The Emperor of Japan Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Lithuania in 2007.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.01.11 11:49

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