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The Republic of Belarus has started to build diplomatic relations with the Republic of Lithuania from the beginning of independence.

December 20, 1991 — Lithuania recognized the independence of the Republic of Belarus. 27 December 1991 — Belarus recognized the independence of the Republic of Lithuania. December 30, 1992 in Minsk signed an agreement on diplomatic relations. In 1993 opened the Embassy of Lithuania in Minsk and Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius. 

The basis of the relations between Belarus and Lithuania based on the principles of good neighborliness and pragmatic cooperation. Development of relations with Lithuania as a neighboring state is one of the foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Belarus. Particular attention is paid to trade and economic relations, cooperation in the field of energy, transit, freight and goods, education, health, culture and science, sports, tourism, border protection and the environment, the expansion of relations between the regions of the two countries. 

Despite the various aspects the states found an opportunity to discuss the issues at the highest level.

February 6, 1995 The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of Lithuania Algirdas Brazauskas signed an agreement “On the good-neighborly and friendly relations.” September 5, 1997 A.Lukashenko paid visit to Lithuania. November 12, 1998, was a meeting of the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

A special place in the development of the Belarusian-Lithuanian relations of the last period is the visit of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to Vilnius in 2009. October 20, 2010 Head of the State of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite made a return visit to Belarus.

Bilateral relations is charactering by high dynamics and contacts at the level of governments.

But apart from political relations, economic relations are also an integral part of the stable of diplomatic relations between Belarus and Lithuania.

Lithuania traditionally is one of the most important economic partner of Belarus. Trade and economic relations in recent years are characterized by stable positive dynamics. Long-term cooperation with Lithuania in the economic sphere is in the strategic interests of Belarus and has a real prospect of further development. The economic structure of the adjacent state makes it our natural ally for a number of sensitive issues.

A special place in the dialogue between Belarus and Lithuania is inter-regional cooperation.

Since 2006, the Belarusian and Lithuanian parties are actively working on the establishment and development of amicable relations between the administrative-territorial units of Belarus and Lithuania.

Humanitarian cooperation — as an important direction of bilateral ties, especially when it comes to the neighboring states, which connects the centuries-old history and communications.

Common historical and cultural roots, rich experience of life in a single state allow the two countries to maintain a high level of mutually beneficial cooperation.

There have been successfully implemented and positive trends in the identification and protection of historic and cultural heritage of the two countries.

Pleased to note the close and mutually beneficial cooperation historical museums of Belarus and Lithuania. Permanently hold working meetings leading museum directors, as well as Belarusian and Lithuanian experts in Minsk and Vilnius.

Cooperation in the field of tourism are also carried out on the basis of a program of cooperation in tourism between the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania.

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus maintains active contacts and works closely with organizations of compatriots in the Republic of Lithuania, of which there are about 30. Based on 19 of them in 1997 was created Association of Belarusian NGOs in Lithuania.

Protection of the interests and rights of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Lithuania is carried out on an ongoing basis in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Lithuania, as well as international law, and is under the constant supervision of the Ambassador and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of Lithuania.

So today, in the relations with the Republic of Lithuania as a whole with the European Union, Belarus is an equal participant.

Belarus — has more to offer to our friends and partners — a donor of security and stability in the heart of Europe, our country is making an important contribution to the development of the geopolitical situation in the region.

The desire for peace and stability — that is why the objective of the foreign policy of the independent Belarusian state is the development of good-neighborly and mutually beneficial relations with the Republic of Lithuania, the reduction of tension and mistrust, erasing the dividing lines and in the end — move to a common strong and prosperous Europe.