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Acting President of Lithuania Arturas Paulauskas meets in Kiev with Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma


Kiev, April 20th. Continuing his working visit in Ukraine, Acting President of Lithuania Arturas Paulauskas met today in Kiev with his Ukrainian counterpart, President Leonid Kuchma.

During the meeting, the Presidents discussed the bilateral political, economic and cultural relations and the European Union and NATO integration as well as exchanged views on the prospect of bilateral co-operation following the accession of Lithuania to the Euro-Atlantic organisations.

Acting President Paulauskas underlined that the year 2004 has been a significant historic year for Lithuania: on March 29th, the country joined NATO and is to become a full-fledged member of the EU in two weeks.

The Ukrainian President congratulated Lithuania on its accession to NATO and the coming membership of the EU.

Acting President Paulauskas reiterated at the meeting that Lithuania support the EU’s open door policy in respect of Ukraine and is ready to share its experience of integrating with the EU and stepping up the relations with the Union.

The Acting President also emphasised that Lithuania supports the democratic processes in Ukraine.

After the meeting of the Presidents, an intergovernmental agreement on co-operation in tourism and on co-operation between Alytus County and Zhitomir Region was signed.

Today the Acting President also attended a working breakfast with Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and met with the members of the Ukrainian delegation to the Lithuanian-Ukrainian Inter-parliamentary Assembly and with the opposition leaders Viktor Yushchenko and Boris Tarasyuk.

The Acting President will return to Vilnius in the evening.

Press Service of the President

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