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Prime Minister met with the incoming Ambassador of France to Lithuania

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2015 06 08

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On Monday, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius met with new Ambassador of France Philippe Jeantaud. The Prime Minister welcomed the Ambassador in his diplomatic mission in Lithuania, and thanked for France’s participation in NATO’s air-policing mission over the Baltic states, as well as support for Lithuania’s aspirations to become member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Prime Minister and the new Ambassador also discussed future prospects for the bilateral cooperation.

“I am delighted to welcome you upon your assumption of office in Lithuania. I am looking forward to our continued close cooperation, while fostering excellent bilateral relations between our states and seeking to develop and promote business relations”, said the Prime Minister in the meeting and stressed that France remained a strategic economic partner of Lithuania.

Ambassador of France Jeantaud emphasized that Lithuania and France had long-term cooperation experience, which, no doubt, would bring benefit for the future development of bilateral relations. The Ambassador was also interested in the LNG terminal and opportunities for French business to participate in energy and other projects in Lithuania.

“We appreciate France’s participation in NATO’s air-policing mission in the Baltic states and expect your active involvement in NATO’s regional military exercises held this year in Lithuania”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also thanked the Ambassador for France’s support to Lithuania as regards its OECD membership aspiration. Last week, the OECD Ministerial Council invited Lithuania to start membership negotiations. “We expect a smooth accession process and a subsequent mutually beneficial cooperation with your national experts”, said the Head of Government.

The French Ambassador noted Lithuania’s good preparation for the beginning of the OECD negotiations and confirmed France’s future support for the country in the negotiation process.

The Prime Minister, in his turn, expressed support for France in its pursuit for an agreement on climate change and a new international climate change protocol. This agreement should come into force in 2020 and replace the Kyoto Protocol.