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Prime Minister has met with the outgoing Ambassador of India for Lithuania

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2015 01 12

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Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has met with outgoing Ambassador of India for Lithuania Monika Kapil Mohta. During the meeting the Prime Minister thanked the Ambassador for her efforts to intensify the political dialogue between Lithuania and India, discussed plans to open an Embassy in Vilnius (currently, the Indian Ambassador resides in Warsaw), and expressed his delighted at the growing numbers of Indian students at the universities of Lithuania.

“Your Excellency Ambassador, I am grateful for your consistent efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between our states. We would strongly welcome the opening of an Embassy of India in Vilnius, and we are eagerly looking forward to it”, said Prime Minister Butkevičius in the meeting.

On economy, the Prime Minister has stressed that trade between the two states has been growing sustainably, yet he has also noted that Lithuania can see a need to strengthen cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food processing.

“Lithuania has gained considerable practice in these fields; therefore we could share it with the Indian experts, hence encouraging even stronger cooperation that would be mutually useful for our farmers and food industry”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister has also emphasized that Lithuania and India have an exemplary cooperation in the field of lasers.

“Lithuania’s laser exports make up 30 per cent of all our exports to India. We must find ways to encourage cooperation in other fields of innovation as well. One of our proposals is to organise bilateral projects between universities and research centres”, said the Prime Minister and stressed that 367 Indian students are enrolled for studies in Lithuania at present, and their numbers are growing constantly. Prime Minister Butkevičius and Ambassador Mohta have agreed that bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and science is among the major priorities.

At the end of the meeting the Prime Minister has thanked the Ambassador for the title of Doctor Honoris Causa that the University of Calcutta in India had posthumously bestowed upon Lithuanian traveler and anthropologist Antanas Poška last year. According to the Prime Minister, the personality and the work of Antanas Poška have undoubtedly brought our two countries closer, and cultural cooperation has become more dynamic.