Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius: Lithuania sees Oman as its strategic partner


2015 02 03


On his official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has met with Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said to discuss the potential for economic cooperation between the two states.

“We can see Oman as Lithuania’s strategic partner in the Persian Gulf; however, trading with this country has not yet gained its momentum. I trust that my visit will not only strengthen our friendly relations, but will also encourage bilateral investment and international trade, as well as open opportunities for mutual tourism”, said Prime Minister Butkevičius. According to the Head of Government, Oman is interested in Lithuanian food products, medical equipment, information technologies, and tourism opportunities.

“There were no investment from Oman in Lithuania and vice versa last year; here I can see great potential. Until present, Oman has predominantly invested in its neighbouring countries, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, yet I am convinced that our bilateral meetings and business cooperation will yield excellent results with a view to mutual economic benefit”, said the Prime Minister of Lithuania.

According to the Prime Minister, Lithuania is an attractive country because of its investment climate and geographical location, and is excellent for transport and logistics projects. The Prime Minister has invited the Omani representatives to visit Lithuania and to assess its business climate.

“There is a number of fields for partnership in Lithuania: meat and dairy animal husbandry, breeding, plant cultivation, veterinary medicine and phytosanitary measures, fisheries, innovative agriculture, produce processing industry, science and education, and student exchange”, said the Head of Government.

The Prime Minister has suggested the Deputy Prime Minister of Oman to create an intergovernmental commission to encourage bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, medicine and health care, culture, education, and science. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Sultanate has agreed that an agreement should be drafted in this regard in the short run. He said he was interested in the development of economic cooperation and was pleased with the joint communication aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation, as well as a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the fields of transport and information technologies, which were signed during the visit of the Prime Minister of Lithuania.

Prime Minister Butkevičius has invited the Omani Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Transport and Communications, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, the Minister of Heritage and Culture, and the Minister of Tourism to visit Lithuania, and has stressed that Lithuania has a number of top-level experts and is ready to share its best practices during implementation of joint projects.

In the meeting the Prime Minister has also emphasized that Lithuania expects Oman to choose the capital city of Lithuania, Vilnius, for the opening of the first Arab Embassy in the Baltic Region.