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2019.08.16 13:55

Indian vice president Naidu to visit Lithuania

BNS2019.08.16 13:55

Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is to meet with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda during his visit to Vilnius on Saturday.

“This is the first high-level official Indian visit to Lithuania (and is) considered as a new stage for the development of dynamic bilateral cooperation,” the Lithuanian president's office said in a press release on Friday.

The meeting at the President's Palace in Vilnius “also includes negotiations between Lithuanian and Indian delegations on bilateral agreements in culture, agriculture and extradition,” according to the statement.

“India will be invited to open its embassy and cultural centre in Vilnius as the two countries engage in increasingly active collaboration. Special focus will be placed on Indian investors whose businesses are welcome in Lithuania.”

Lithuania opened its embassy in India in 2013.

Nausėda and Naidu will also “discuss foreign policy issues: the proposed EU-India free trade agreement, cooperation within ASEM and its role in international institutions as well as international security and peace”.

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India is Asia's third-largest economy after China and Japan, but its growth has begun to slow down in recent years.

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