Diplomats of Lithuania and Myanmar agree to hold political consultations
On 21 November in Nay Pyi Taw, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius met with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin.
In the meeting, the diplomats signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of political consultations between Lithuania and Myanmar. The MoU aims to promote political dialogue and mutual cooperation between the two countries. The diplomats of the two countries agreed to hold political consultations as needed to discuss bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. In the meeting, Lithuania’s potential was presented in the fields of smart technologies, renewable energy, life sciences, etc.
Skusevičius voiced his support for ongoing democratic reforms and Myanmar’s peace process, and expressed his concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh.
“It is now crucial to put an end to violence against the Rohingya immediately, to allow for unfettered humanitarian access to people in Rakhine state, and to fully implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State,” said Skusevičius.
Lithuania and Myanmar established their diplomatic relations on 8 October 2013. In 2017, Lithuania allocated EUR 12,000 to a development cooperation project in Myanmar in the field of education and EUR 20,000 euros to help the Rohingya refugees.