President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President received letters of credence from Afghanistan‘s ambassador

2018-04-18

Wednesday, April 18, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė received letters of credence from the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Gul Hussain Ahmadi.

The President and the new Ambassador discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and Afghanistan, security situation in Afghanistan and in the region, deepening economic ties and cooperation in the context of the European Union. Closer cooperation in education was also on the agenda.

The Ambassador expressed gratitude for Lithuania‘s support for the Afghan military forces and security. The President underscored that Lithuania would remain consistent in providing continuous support for the Afghan forces and that it was prepared to double the number of its soldiers to fifty in the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. For eight years, Lithuania led the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan’s Ghor Province. In 2006–2015, Lithuania funded 229 development projects in Afghanistan.

According to the President, bilateral relations become stronger: bilateral trade doubled in 2017. Illegal migration from Afghanistan has declined. Currently, 90 citizens of Afghanistan legally reside in Lithuania and 23 students study at Lithuanian universities.

Lithuania established diplomatic relations with Afghanistan in 1930 and re-established them in 2005.

Gul Hussain Ahmadi is Afghanistan’s second Ambassador to Lithuania. He began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in 1997. In September 2017, he was appointed ambassador to Poland.  Before this appointment, he served in Afghanistan’s embassies in India and China and was Consul General in Mumbai.  

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.04.30 09:38

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