Baltic News Service
May 30, 2008 Friday 11:56 PM EET



LITHUANIA'S FIRST AMBASSADOR TO ARMENIA HANDS CREDENTIALS

VILNIUS May 30


Lithuanian Ambassador to Yerevan Giedrius Apuokas handed his
credentials to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Friday. During the
meeting with the president, Apuokas expressed Lithuania's interest to
expand economic and cultural cooperation with Armenia, as well as
share its European Union (EU) and NATO experience, the Lithuanian
Foreign Ministry said. The Armenian president stated intentions to
open an Armenian embassy in Lithuania in 2009 in an effort to
cultivate relations between the two nations, contribute to the
enhancement of cultural cooperation and increase trade
volumes. Apuokas, a career diplomat, is the first Lithuanian
ambassador residing in Armenia. Before the designation, he headed the
Foreign Ministry's Information Technologies Department. The Lithuanian
Embassy to Armenia was established on Oct. 1 2007. Before that,
Lithuanian interests in the country were represented by ambassador
residing in Moscow.

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