VILNIUS – Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has called on South Korea to open its embassy and a trade representation in Vilnius during his meeting with Ahn Duk-geun, Minister for Trade of South Korea, who is visiting Lithuania, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday.
South Korea is currently represented in Lithuania by its embassy in Poland.
Lithuania established its embassy in the Republic of Korea a year ago. It is currently headed by Ambassador Ricardas Slepavicius.
On Wednesday, the two ministers also talked about the strengthening and development of bilateral economic and political relations, discussed opportunities for cooperation in high added-value areas, such as life sciences, lasers, semiconductors, information and communication technology, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
“Lithuania strives for a strategic diversification, aiming to strengthen political and economic relations with like-minded Indo-Pacific countries. Thus, we see South Korea as a very important partner,” the press release quoted Landsbergis as saying.
The South Korean minister of trade informed that Lithuanian and South Korean businesses were likely to establish new partnerships in the fields of energy, life sciences, electronics and forestry in the near future.
According to the ministry’s data, trade in goods between Lithuania and South Korea grew by 39 percent in 2021, reaching 173.6 million euros, of which exports to this country amounted to 105.7 million euros.
Lithuania and South Korea established diplomatic relations on October 14, 1991.