Abdullah bin Zayed, Lithuania FM discuss bilateral relations and latest developments in the region

VILNIUS: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has reaffirmed that diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Lithuania, have developed significantly and effectively over the past 22 years, a fact that is confirmed by the high-level visits of the leaders of the two countries over the past years.

At the end of his official visit to Lithuania, Sheikh Abdullah made the remarks during a press conference with the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevicius.

“I am happy with the developments of the relationship between the U.A.E. and the friendly Republic of Lithuania, and I am confident that our fruitful meeting will contribute to enhancing those good relations, Sheikh Abdullah said.

Sheikh Abdullah noted that tourism between the two nations is in constant development, with the U.A.E. receiving about 600 visitors from Lithuania in 2013, expressing his hope to host more tourists and promote the process of trade and cultural exchange between the two countries.

“We look forward to further cooperation in all fields and to continue to strengthen bilateral relations and exchange of visits with Lithuania for the welfare and interest of the two friendly peoples,” Sheikh Abdullah added.

On his part, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister welcomed H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation and stressed his country’s keenness to strengthen bilateral cooperation with the U.A.E., which he said is one of the most important business centres in the Middle East, encouraging numerous companies in the private and public sectors and economic institutions in Lithuania to discuss strengthening their commercial presence and marketing their industrial and technological products in the region through the gateway of the U.A.E., as it possess many advanced infrastructure services and provides the appropriate competitive facilities.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed with Linas Linkevicius bilateral relations between the two countries and promoting the exchange of official visits between senior officials of the two countries, as well as ways to develop bridges of cooperation in trade, economic, investment, industrial and air transport and renewable energy sectors, to contribute to the achievement of common interests between the two countries.

Sheikh Abdullah also reviewed the current developments in the Middle East and a number of regional and international issues of common interest.