Lithuanian leaders congratulate US on Independence Day

DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

In her letter of congratulation to US President Barack Obama, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that it was a significant holiday not only to all Americans but also to the friends of the United States around the world.

“For many years now the United States has been the closest ally and partner of Lithuania, extending consistent support to Lithuanian freedom and independence. This year marks a meaningful date – the 75th anniversary of the U.S. non-recognition policy of the occupation of the Baltic States, adopted during World War II. On this occasion we remember and greatly appreciate the strong moral stand of the citizens of your country in support of the right and the will of the Lithuanian people and all the nations of the world to build their own statehood,” the president wrote in her message of congratulation.

The president pointed out that the united stand of both countries in supporting the ideals of freedom and democracy was vitally important to our partners. It was therefore gratifying that Lithuania and the United States were together in this fight. She further noted that Lithuania highly valued cooperation in defense and was grateful for the concrete focused efforts of the United States aimed at ensuring full security and stability in the region.

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Loreta Graužinienė congratulated Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner, who recently visited Lithuania, and Orrin Grant Hatch, president pro tempore of the United States Senate, writing in her message of congratulation that “being the leader of democracy since 1776, you country is a paragon for the whole world of the values the state life should be based on and of how the wellbeing and security of people should be ensured.”

“On this occasion, I would like to once again confirm that Lithuania is a committed partner of the United States. Lithuania and the US have strong friendly ties and partnership within NATO in addressing today’s major challenges,” Graužinienė said.

Meanwhile Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius congratulated US Vice-President Joe Biden.

“On this occasion, I would like to express my delight over great relations and cooperation between our countries. The recent years have given us great opportunities to develop our bilateral relations and enhance out joint response to regional security threats. I am convinced that Lithuania and the United States’ partnership will continue to grow,” the Lithuanian prime minister said.

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