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Prime Minister met with local Lithuanians in Kazakhstan

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2015 05 19

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Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius has started his visit to Astana by meeting the Lithuanian community – representatives of the Lithuanian deportees of Karaganda. In the meeting, the Prime Minister has stressed the importance of the Lithuanian diaspora’s contribution to Lithuania, discussed ways to strengthen the Lithuanian spirit abroad, and presented objectives of his visit to Kazakhstan.

“I am truly delighted to meet your large community here. Destiny has forced you to find home far from Lithuania, yet whenever you live, whenever you are, we appreciate your work and your contribution to the bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and Kazakhstan”, said Prime Minister Butkevičius.

The Prime Minister said that diaspora’s contribution has always been of great importance to Lithuania, and that today we must strive towards strengthening the Lithuanian spirit abroad. “We must join our efforts to maintain strong and active Lithuanian organisations both in Kazakhstan and in other countries, so that the young generation could take over their experience”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister told the community that he was to meet the President of Kazakhstan, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament (Chairman of the Majilis), as well as Mayors (Akims) of Astana and Almaty. “I am pleased that two Lithuania–Kazakhstan Business Forums will take place during the visit. I could say that a business delegation, who came along, beats the record: 80 business representatives are going to take part in the events. I trust that meetings will yield concrete practical projects, which will create opportunities for even more efficient development of bilateral relations”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister has emphasized that Lithuanians are always welcome in Lithuania. “I sincerely wish that everyone, who has left Lithuania at some point, or was even born in another country, wanted to return. We appreciate everyone, who comes back home and brings in their experience for the benefit of their country”, said the Prime Minister, and invited the community to celebrate, alongside Lithuanians all over the world, the 100th anniversary of restoration of the Republic of Lithuania in 2018.