Viewing cable 09VILNIUS622
Title: IRAN LOOKING TO DEVELOP COMMERCIAL TIES WITH

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09VILNIUS6222009-11-20 14:56:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/20/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV IR LH
SUBJECT: IRAN LOOKING TO DEVELOP COMMERCIAL TIES WITH 
LITHUANIA 
 
REF: A. DAS JONES - EMBASSY EMAIL EXCHANGE 
     ¶B. TIRANA 727 
     ¶C. RIGA 507 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Chief John Finkbeiner for reasons 1.4(b) and (d 
). 
 
¶1.  (U) Action request -- see paragraph 5. 
 
¶2.  (C) On November 18 poloffs met with MFA,s Head of Middle 
East and Africa Division Laima Jureviciene to inquire whether 
Iran has approached Lithuania to offer enhanced commercial 
relations (further to above references).  Jureviciene 
confirmed that the GOL received a letter from Iran's Deputy 
Minister for Europe on November 17th offering to come to 
Vilnius to discuss bilateral trade opportunities.  The GOL 
has not yet responded to the offer, she added.  Iran's 
previous Deputy Minister for Europe made a similar offer to 
visit last year but the GOL declined.  Jureviciene said that 
the outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Poland (who is also 
accredited to Lithuania) plans to visit Vilnius this month. 
 
¶3.  (C)  Jureviciene asked our opinion on the right level of 
GOL representation for these meetings.  We responded that any 
meeting with Foreign Minister Usackas would send the wrong 
message, and suggested that a lower-ranked official would be 
more appropriate, should the GOL decide that a meeting is 
necessary at all.  We offered to meet with the MFA prior to 
any meetings with Iranian officials to provide updated 
information regarding Iran's nuclear program and Iran's 
attempts to transport arms and illicit items through 
commercial routes. 
 
¶4. (C) The Ambassador took the opportunity of a meeting with 
Foreign Minister Usackas on November 20 to underscore U.S. 
concerns about Iranian attempts to seek enhanced commercial 
ties with Lithuania, especially given how Iran has used such 
ties in the past to attempt to evade UNSC sanctions.  Usackas 
confirmed that no decision had been made yet regarding a 
meeting. He suggested that Lithuania did not intend to make 
any promises with the Iranian deputy minister should such a 
meeting occur.  Usackas speculated that Iran wanted to 
discuss with the GOL the "Viking Project", a joint 
Lithuanian-Ukrainian-Belarusian project to develop a 
container train link between Odessa, Ukraine and Klaipeda, 
Lithuania, transiting Belarus.  Iran may be interested in the 
project as a means of transporting Iranian goods to Europe. 
 
¶5. (C) Action request: Embassy would appreciate Department 
guidance and talking points to provide to Minister Usackas 
and other MFA officials in advance of any meetings with 
Iranian officials. 
DERSE