Baltic News Service / - BNS
June 23, 2012 Saturday 4:00 AM EET


Lithuanian def min to pay official visit to Armenia


VILNIUS, Jun 23, BNS - A delegation lead by Lithuanian Minister of
National Defense Rasa Jukneviciene will go to Armenia's capital
Yerevan on Saturday.

She is scheduled to meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, the
country's Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Nalbandyan and Minister
of Defense Seyran Ohanyan, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense
said.

The meetings will focus on the outlook of Lithuanian-Armenian
cooperation, the regional security situation and participation in
international operations. A renewed bilateral agreement on defense
cooperation will be signed during the meeting.

The Lithuanian defense minister will also meet with Catholicos of All
Armenians Garegin II, visit a local military academy and honor
Armenian genocide victims at the Armenian Genocide Memorial.

The Lithuanian and Armenian defense minister last met in 2007,

Jukneviciene is scheduled to return to Vilnius on Monday evening.

The situation in the Caucasus has been tense amid escalating tension
between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh. Azerbaijan has
threatened to regain control of the region by force.