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President Tsai receives former Lithuanian vice foreign minister

President Tsai Ing-wen said April 18 that Taiwan is committed to working with Lithuania to expand exchanges and jointly contribute to global prosperity and development. 
Tsai made the remarks while meeting with a Lithuanian delegation of academics and experts led by Mantas Adomėnas, the Baltic state’s former vice foreign minister, at the Presidential Office in Taipei City.
The president first thanked Adomėnas for his longstanding support for Taiwan, citing his facilitation of the Lithuanian government’s donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the country and assistance provided for the establishment of mutual representative offices.
According to Tsai, Taiwan and Lithuania have continued to deepen bilateral cooperation in areas spanning agriculture, semiconductors, and medicine and health. The two sides have enhanced economic and trade collaboration through the Central and Eastern Europe Investment Fund, while in recent years also sharing experience in countering disinformation and promoting cybersecurity, she said.
Tsai took the opportunity to thank the Lithuanian government and the Seimas for repeatedly stressing the importance of cross-strait peace and stability as well as speaking out in support of international participation for Taiwan. The donation of 50,000 euros (NT$1.73 million) to Taiwan following its earthquake earlier this month is also deeply appreciated, Tsai added.
In response, Adomėnas praised Taiwan as a beacon of human rights and an example of how values like freedom should be implemented for the world. The country’s flourishing culture and prosperous development have denied a narrative that democracy is not suited to some cultures, he said, adding that the fact that both Taiwan and Lithuania stand in the vicinity of major authoritarian forces unites the two like-minded partners. (YCH-E)
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