Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (L) and Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis (Source: VNA) 
 
Vilnius (VNA) – Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis expressed his wish to enhance people-to-people and cultural exchange, tourism and education-training cooperation with Vietnam during a working session with Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in Vilnius city on October 23.

Skvernelis hailed the Vietnamese Vice President’s visit on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

He said the Lithuanian government highly values ties with Vietnam and wishes to promote joint work in fields of shared concern such as food processing, medical equipment, chemicals, information technology, renewable and green energies.

Thinh, who is in Lithuania from October 22-24, spoke highly of positive progresses in bilateral friendship, especially in economy-trade-investment. She suggested working closely together to boost trade promotion and seek opportunities in each other’s market.

She proposed that the Lithuanian government offer all possible support to Vietnamese businesses to bring agro-forestry-fisheries, and apparel to Lithuania and Baltic countries.

Vietnam is willing to open the market and help Lithuania access ASEAN markets, she said.

Both sides agreed to turn economic-trade-investment ties into a priority in bilateral partnership, promptly negotiate and sign several framework agreements to create a legal framework for collaboration while offering mutual support at multilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the United Nations, the UNESCO and the Asia-Europe Meeting.

At the round-table business conference held on the same day, Deputy Foreign Minister of Lithuania Albinas Zananavicius affirmed that the visit makes important contributions to pushing forward economic-trade-investment ties between the two nations, especially at a time when the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement is going to be signed and ratified.

Zananavicius took the occasion to brief guests about Lithuania’s competitive strengths in information and food technology, wood processing.

Lithuanian firms expressed their interest in doing business in Vietnam and wished to receive legal guidance to form joint ventures.

Leaders of Vietnamese ministries and agencies affirmed that the Vietnamese government is ready to create favourable conditions for Lithuanian enterprises in the country.

On the occasion, Vice President Thinh met staff of the Vietnamese embassy in Poland and Lithuania and Vietnamese nationals in the host country.-VNA