New Indian Mission in Lithuania

On 27th April 2022, the Union Cabinet gave its approval to a proposal for opening a new Indian embassy in Lithuania. This will be the first full-fledged embassy of India in the Baltic region.

Overview:

  • Lithuania is at the center of a diplomatic spat with China after it allowed the opening of a de-facto embassy by Taiwan.
  • Lithuania was the first Baltic country that opened an embassy in India in the year 2008.
  • The Indian officials had earlier expressed intentions of opening an embassy back in the year 2005.
  • Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania has only hosted India’s honorary consulate so far which was opened in 2015.

How will the opening of the Indian mission help?

The opening of the Indian mission in Lithuania will help India to expand its strategic, political, and economic engagements with Lithuania. This mission will help in garnering support for the foreign policy objectives of India and providing a much more sustained political outreach. The Indian mission will also help to better assist the Indian community and will also help expand economic, political, and people-to-people relations.

China’s relationship with Lithuania

After a non-diplomatic office in Lithuania’s capital was opened by Taiwan, China downgraded its relationship with the country. China in early 2022 suspended the exports of dairy products, beef, and beer from Lithuania.

About Lithuania

Lithuania is a country located in Northern Europe’s Baltic region. It lies on the Baltic Sea’s eastern shore. Vilnius is the largest and the capital city of this country. Gitanas Nausėda is the current President of the country and Ingrida Šimonytė is the Prime Minister.

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