Prime Minister: We are grateful to Turkey for solidarity


2019 01 24

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Ambassador of Turkey to Lithuania Gokhan Turan to discuss the bilateral relations and prospects for their development.  
The Prime Minister has noted that Turkey is Lithuania’s major partner, NATO ally, an EU candidate country and welcomed the close and active cooperation between the countries.
‘We are grateful for the solidarity and support for NATO’s decisions on reinforcing the security of the Baltic states in the face of possible threats from Russia. The security situation in our region remains an issue. We are focusing on the security and defence policy initiatives.  The main priority is the establishment and proper functioning of air defence infrastructure’, said the Prime Minister.
The Head of the Government pointed out the importance of Turkey’s stance as regards support to Ukraine.
According to Saulius Skvernelis, Lithuania is proud of the Lithuanian Tatar and Karaite communities that have historical relations with the Turkish nation. This is a great example demonstrating the successful integration of communities into Lithuanian society while also preserving their identity.
The Prime Minister has also mentioned that Turkey has been among the most popular holiday destinations for Lithuanians. More than one million of our people have visited Turkey since the restoration of independence.
The parties have also touched upon the potentially closer cooperation in the fields of hi-tech, technology, fintech and IT.
 Ambassador of Turkey, H.E. Turan, handed over his credentials to the President of the Republic of Lithuania on 9 January 2019. He is the ninth Ambassador of Turkey accredited to Lithuania and the fourth residing in the country following the restoration of independence.