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Prime Minister: Lithuania and Ireland share common values

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2019 06 27

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Ireland’s Ambassador David Noonan to thank him for his personal contribution to developing the bilateral political, economic and cultural ties throughout his five-year-term of office.

“We are ready to take further our bilateral relations. As small states with numerous diasporas abroad, we build on shared values, focus on EU solidarity, respect for the rule of law, sovereignty and territorial integrity”, said the Prime Minister.

It is also very important to maintain close cooperation in the field of education, culture and youth exchanges.

Saulius Skvernelis thanked Ireland for the opportunity to learn Lithuanian at local schools. He also welcomed the growing investments of Irish companies in Lithuania: “The World Bank and other international institutions welcome the investment climate in the country, so we are inviting Irish businesses to explore the Baltic region markets”, said the Prime Minister.

Lithuania seeks to become a financial technology hub in the North-Baltic region. The Prime Minister invited Irish companies to attend the FinTech conference in Vilnius, which will take place in November.
 
As far as the EU is concerned, it was stressed that a challenging year is awaiting: a new political cycle, the UK's decisions and BREXIT decisions will be negotiated, as well as the EU budget for 2021-2027. So the future of the EU is the responsibility of everyone.
 
Saulius Skvernelis thanked for the warm welcome and constructive conversations during his visit to Ireland in March and invited the Irish Prime Minister to come to Lithuania once again.