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Prime Minister: intensifying economic relations between Lithuania and Georgia open new niches for businesses

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2015 01 26

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On his official visit in Tbilisi the Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius met with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili. The Heads of States discusses Georgia’s progress in the Euro-Atlantic integration process and Lithuania’s support in this objective, discussed bilateral economic cooperation, latest developments in the energy and communications sectors, as well as other topical issues.

“The cooperation between our countries was always exceptional and based on mutual understanding”, said the Prime Minister A. Butkevičius. “I hope that our visit with the large delegation of Lithuanian businessmen will be beneficial for further development of our relations”.

The Head of Lithuanian Government encouraged to further develop the cooperation in the areas of agriculture and food technologies, where Lithuania maintains fine traditions and a modern industry.

“Your visit is a sign of a strong partnership – it signifies our close and long-lasting relations”, said the Prime Minister of Georgia and emphasized the great potential of bilateral cooperation.

The Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius noted that after Georgia signed the Association and Free Trade Agreement with the EU, bilateral trade relations notably increased. “In the last few years Georgia has become one of the main Lithuania’s partners in the South Caucasus region”, emphasized the Head of the Lithuanian Government.

From January to November last year our country’s export amounted to 34.3 million Euros and, if compared to the same period in 2013, increased by 39.8 percent. Georgia has successfully joined the high-speed freight train project Viking, which opens wide opportunities for Georgia’s exports into Europe.

According to the Prime Minister, Georgia is one of the leaders in the Eastern Partnership Programme and is successfully heading towards full Euro-Atlantic integration. “Now it is important to consistently implement all the reforms and the visa liberalization plan. This would allow Georgian citizens to travel in the European Union (EU) countries without visas and would help the country to take a step closer to the European community”, said the Head of Lithuanian Government.

The Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius named the energy sector reform as one of the factors that could accelerate Georgia’s integration into the EU. Lithuania is willing to share its good practice.

In the meeting the Prime Minister of Lithuania expressed support for Georgia’s territorial integrity; the Prime Minister of Georgia I. Garibashvili thanked for the effort to develop friendly relations not only between the countries, but also between the people.

Concerns over the situation in Eastern Ukraine were also expressed during the meeting.