Lithuanian foreign minister off to Iran to promote economic links

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius is leaving on Friday for Iran to discuss economic, trade, and cultural cooperation, the Foreign Ministry said.


Linkevicius is scheduled to meet with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif; Economy and Finance Minister Ali Tayebnia; Science, Research and Technology Minister Mohammad Farhadi; Communications and Information Technologies Minister Mahmoud Vaezi; as well as Mohsen Jalalpouru, president of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.


Also on the agenda of the three-day visit are meetings with ministers for energy and agriculture and parliamentary leaders, and a Lithuanian business seminar organised jointly with Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.


The foreign minister is being accompanied by Deputy Energy Minister Aleksandras Spruogis and a business delegation led by Rimantas Sidlauskas, head of the Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts.


Linkevicius and other members of the delegation will discuss the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, particularly economic, trade, and cultural, and will present Lithuania's business and export potential.


An economic cooperation agreement and a memorandum of understanding between the Foreign Ministries will be signed.


Other issues to be discussed during the visit include the security situation in the region and around the world, the fight against terrorism and the ISIS, and immigration reasons.


Bilateral relations between Lithuania and Iran at the political level were almost non-existent for a long time due to Iran's nuclear program. This is the first visit by Lithuania's foreign minister to Iran.


The two countries established diplomatic relations back in 1993.


The international community and Tehran last year reached an agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the country.



The Baltic Times