Park Meets Lithuanian Leader

President Park Geun-hye (left) and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė walk into a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday. /Newsis President Park Geun-hye (left) and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė walk into a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday. /Newsis

President Park Geun-hye met with her Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė at Cheong Wa Dae on Tuesday to discuss strengthening business ties between their countries.

Grybauskaitė, like Park, is the first woman president of her country.

The two also discussed political issues involving the Korean Peninsula because Lithuania holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the 2014-2015 term.

"I am aware that you have been aggressively promoting trade after becoming the first directly-elected female president," Park said. "I anticipate that your visit will help further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.”

Park, who was born in 1952, and Grybauskaitė, born in 1956, have several things in common. Park can speak English, Chinese, French and Spanish, while Grybauskaitė is apparently fluent in English, Russian, French and Polish. They are both single.

Grybauskaitė came to Korea to attend the launch of a Korean-built liquefied natural gas carrier for the Baltic country.

Lithuania broke away from the former Soviet Union in 1991 but is still highly dependent on Russia for natural gas. Energy deals are therefore at the top of Grybauskaitė's policy agenda, and one of the first steps was to borrow the Korean-made LNG carrier from Norway to broaden import channels.

Grybauskaitė ran for president in 2009 as an independent candidate and came to office with 69 percent of the vote.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 19, 2014 11:06 KST