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(2017-05-10) The 5th Round of Pakistan-Lithuania Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Vilnius on May 9, 2017. The Pakistan side was led by Ambassador Zaheer A. Janjua, Additional Secretary (Europe), while Ambassador Eduardas Borisovas, Director for Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed the Lithuanian delegation.

The two sides reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and the evolving peace and security situations in their respective regions. The Additional Secretary briefed on Pakistan’s efforts to reach out to Afghanistan and India as part of Prime Minister’s vision for a peaceful neighborhood. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s readiness toconstructively contribute towards the promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as commitment to dialogue with India for the resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He also highlighted the atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian security forces against unarmed innocent Kashmiri civilians.

The two sidesagreed to enhance bilateral cooperation, especially in the spheres of economy, trade, energy, investment, IT, science and technology, education, culture and parliamentary exchanges. They also had a detailed exchange of views on regional and international issues of importance and agreed to continue collaborating at the United Nations and other multilateral fora.

The Additional Secretary apprised the Lithuanian side of Pakistan’s credentials for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), while emphasizing the need for a criteria-based, non-discriminatory approach for new non-NPT member states.

Pakistan and Lithuania closely cooperate on bilateral and multilateral issues. The Annual Bilateral Political Consultations provide a useful platform to review progress in various fields and identify opportunities for future cooperation. The last session of these consultations was held in Islamabad in April 2014 and the next session will be held in Islamabad at mutually convenient dates.

May 10 2017

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