Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh  (R) and Lithuanian Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiunas in a meeting in Hanoi on January 23.
(Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received Lithuanian Minister of the Interior Eimutis Misiunas, who is on an official visit to Vietnam, in Hanoi on January 23.

Deputy PM Minh spoke highly of the recent progress in the two countries’ relations, including an official trip to Lithuania by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in October 2017 on the occasion of the 25th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

He also thanked the European nation for supporting Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.

For his part, Minister Misiunas said the Lithuanian Government treasures the traditional friendship between the two nations. It also pledges to continue supporting and promoting comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the European Union (EU), including the early signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Investment Protection Agreement.

At the event, the two officials signed an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders and another on the readmission of citizens between the Vietnamese and Lithuanian governments. These deals aim to perfect the legal framework to facilitate bilateral multifaceted cooperation in the time ahead. –VNA