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Official Visit of the Federal President of the Swiss Confederation, Moritz Leuenberger, to Lithuania, 20 July 2001


The Federal President of the Swiss Confederation, Moritz Leuenberger, and the accompanying delegation paid an official visit to Lithuania. This was the first highest-level visit in the history of Lithuanian-Swiss diplomatic relations.

After the official welcoming ceremony the Swiss Federal President met with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus. The Heads of State discussed bilateral political and economic relations, possibilities of further funding of environmental protection projects, issues of nuclear energy and regional co-operation, and exchanged views on European integration.

President Adamkus noted that Lithuania and Switzerland were successfully developing their bilateral relations, and eight bilateral agreements had already been signed.

The Head of the State of Lithuania said that Switzerland ranked eighth in terms of direct investments in Lithuania, but, according to the President, it was important to promote more intensive the bilateral trade as the existing trade turnover does not fully reflect the potential of the states.

The Lithuanian President thanked the Swiss Confederation for its financial support for the implementation of various projects in the areas of energy, health care, environmental protection and infrastructure development as well as for consistent assistance in the fields of defence and nuclear safety.

The heads of the two states agreed to continue co-operation in these areas, to exchange information and experience, and develop cultural and youth exchange as well as promote co-operation among towns and municipalities.

After the luncheon hosted by the Lithuanian President, President Leuenberger, together with the Mayor of Vilnius, Artūras Zuokas, had a sightseeing tour in the Old City of Vilnius.

The Federal President of the Swiss Confederation and Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas discussed bilateral relations.

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