Prime Minister: Lithuania and the UK have enjoyed close relations in many fields


2019 08 29

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with the outgoing Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Claire Lawrence.

The Prime Minister has thanked the Ambassador for her efforts and personal contribution to the development of the ever growing bilateral ties between the United Kingdom and Lithuania. Our country greatly appreciates Embassy’s projects implemented all across the country, including those dedicated to the centennial celebrations.

Lithuania and the UK have enjoyed close relations in many fields. Particular thanks have been expressed for United Kingdom's steady support for Baltic security. The UK leadership in the NATO’s Forward Presence and its participation in air policing mission in the Baltic States testify to the high level of confidence as regards further cooperation.

According to the Prime Minister, Lithuania and the United Kingdom are to remain very close partners despite the Brexit, while it is very important to ensure that the Lithuanian citizens based in the United Kingdom do not suffer post-Brexit discrimination or discomfort.

It has so happened that during Lawrence’s term in office. Lithuania has succeeded to become member of the OECD, it has also carried out structural reforms, and its defence spending rose to 2% of GDP, the economy has shown steady growth, and - what is particularly notable - for the first time in history migration flows have turned positive.

The bilateral economic cooperation and the untapped potential have also been discussed. The United Kingdom is among Lithuania’s top 10 trading partners and among the top 7 market partners by incoming tourism. UK’s businesses have created 3500 jobs in Lithuania since 2010. The United Kingdom is welcome to continue benefiting from Lithuania's favourable investment climate.