Lithuania and Bangladesh turn over a new page of cooperation


2016 07 15

Photo Adomas Mickevičius | LRVK
Photo Adomas Mickevičius | LRVK

In the framework of the Asia-Europe ASEM High-Level Meeting in Ulan Bator, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius had talks with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to express gratitude to Bengali philologists for their contribution to the major cultural project – the translation of the book “History of Lithuania” in Bengali language. The translation was published by Dhaka-based International Mother Language Institute, and its presentation was held in Dhaka in March this year. Bengali is a native language of 160 million population in Bangladesh and 80 million in East India.

The Lithuanian Head of Government expressed appreciation to the Prime Minister for her personal support for this cultural project.

Prime Minister Butkevičius noted Lithuania’s interest in promoting links between the business and academic communities. Agriculture, food industry and renewable energy resources also provide excellent prospects for economic cooperation.

The Prime Minister expressed his condolences to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh over the July 1 terrorist attack in Dhaka. “On behalf of the Government and the people of Lithuania I express deep condolences to the bereaved families. Lithuania stands firm in condemnation of any manifestations of terrorism,” said the Prime Minister.

Mr. Butkevičius invited the Bangladesh leader of the Government to visit Lithuania.

During the breaks between the forum sessions, the Lithuanian Head of Government talked to ASEM leaders, high-ranking European Union officials. In his discussions with Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, the Prime Minister touched upon the incoming governance reform, while in the meetings with the top officials from Finland, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, and the President of Croatia the Prime Minister focused on the bilateral issues.