Dr. Tedros holds talks with his Lithuanian counterpart

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Addis Ababa, 20 May 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom yesterday had discussions with visiting Lithuania Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevicius.
The Lithuanian minister said bilateral relations between Lithuania and Ethiopia left a lot to be desired and trade links and business engagement in particular were insignificant.
Minister Linkevicius noted that the recent favorable credit ratings issued to Ethiopia by international ratings firms signified the strength of Ethiopia’s robust economic activity and showed that the dynamism of recent economic growth was set to continue in the near future.
The Lithuanian Minister suggested the two governments could look into building robust cooperation in areas ranging from leather manufacturing to tourism.
He pointed out that although there were a number of students from African countries attending studies in Lithuania, almost none of them were from Ethiopia.
Dr Tedros, who noted the Ethiopian government placed a lot of importance on education, welcomed Minister Linkevicius’ suggestions to explore possible cooperation in education and in technology.
Dr. Tedros said an improving economic relationship between Ethiopia and Lithuania should be one of the priority areas of their relationship.
He affirmed the Ethiopian government’s commitment to encourage more cooperation and dialogue between their respective businesses and chambers of commerce.
Minister Linkevicius thanked the Ethiopian government for its support in his country’s bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council and expressed his government’s desire to work closely with Ethiopia and the African Union on security issues concerning the continent.
The two ministers agreed to hold regular political dialogue and expedite efforts to build closer economic cooperation. (MoFA)