VILNIUS: Pakistan and Lithuania signed an agreement regarding establishment of a bilateral consultative mechanism besides exchanging views on regional and global issues.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto met his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis and held talks on expanding bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, investment and education. On the historic visit of the Baltic state, he also visited the Lithuanian Parliament and laid a wreath at the monument of martyred freedom fighters.
On this occasion, Bilawal Bhutto met Lithuanian Parliament Speaker Viktorija Cmilytė-Nielsen and highlighted importance of parliamentary exchanges for the promotion of public contacts. He also had a meeting with Lithuanian Minister for Transport and Communication Marius Skuodis.
Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of Europe, and lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania shares land borders with Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and south, Poland to the south, and Russia to the southwest. It has a maritime border with Sweden to the west on the Baltic Sea.
Lithuania is a developed country, with a high income advanced economy; ranking very high in the Human Development Index. It ranks favorably in terms of civil liberties, press freedom, internet freedom, democratic governance, and peacefulness. Lithuania is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe, eurozone, the Nordic Investment Bank, Schengen Agreement, NATO and OECD.
Upon arrival in Vilnius, Bilawal Bhutto was received by senior Lithuanian officials, Pakistan’s Ambassador Dr Khalid Hussain Memon and other embassy staff. Vilnius is Lithuanian capital and largest city while Kaunas and Klaipeda are also major cities.
The Seimas – the unicameral Lithuanian parliament – has 141 members who are elected to four-year terms. About 71 of the members are elected in single-member constituencies, and others in a nationwide vote by proportional representation. A party must receive at least 5% of the national vote to be eligible for any of the 70 national seats in the Seimas.
Lithuania is among moderate innovators group in the International Innovation Index and in the European Innovation Scoreboard ranked 15th among EU countries. Lithuania was ranked 39th in the Global Innovation Index in 2021. Lasers and biotechnology are flagship fields of the Lithuanian science and high tech industry.