January 28
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Our countries have had friendly relations for a long time, and I believe we will be able to do a lot with the Prime Minister of Armenia to make our relations closer. The Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Simonyte stated this during Monday’s joint press conference visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"I am convinced that we will find ways to do that. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations. We are celebrating the anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations with a number of countries, but we have only managed to meet with representatives of a few countries, and I am very glad that this meeting is taking place.

Soon our [two] capitals will be connected by direct flight; it will enable our peoples to get to know each other better, to deepen our relations.

We had to discuss the challenges facing all nations. First of all, we have a very successful track-record in terms of the global [coronavirus] pandemic. Our health workers assist Armenia; our government has made two decisions to donate [COVID-19] vaccines to the people of Armenia. I hope we will be able to assist in this issue," she added.

Also, the PM of Lithuania thanked the Armenian government for responding to the issues of illegal migration. "Translators are needed to communicate with people crossing the border illegally, and Armenia helped us by providing Kurmanji [i.e., a dialect of the Kurdish language] translators. We appreciate this assistance.

As a result of the recent [snap parliamentary] elections in Armenia, support for democracy was very strong. The Prime Minister and his political force received enormous support. Reforms and democratic change have received tremendous support. I believe that the exchange of technical knowledge, best practices and solutions, lessons learned from pain, and the exchange of information on alternatives can be useful," said the Lithuanian premier.

Also, Ingrida Simonyte stressed that they support the EU organizations in participating in and overcoming regional challenges.

"Only recently, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement was signed between the EU and Armenia, and reforms will be implemented based on it. We believe that the European organizations—with their assistance, participation—play a very important role [in Armenia], and the mechanisms for re-establishing and maintaining peace are also very important. We are ready to be Armenia's friend in the future as well," she stressed.

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