President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Message of congratulations to U.S. President Donald Trump on Independence Day

2019-07-04

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Lithuanian people and on my own behalf, I would like to extend most sincere congratulations on the 243th anniversary of American Independence Day. I wish your country and its people continued success, prosperity and peace.

We value the United States as a very important partner of Lithuania in developing bilateral dialogue and military cooperation as well as in addressing common challenges within the framework of NATO. I firmly believe that our close bilateral relationship contributes to making the Alliance stronger and that our responsible approach to defense, defense spending, deterrence, NATO capabilities and efficiency, and readiness to counter hybrid threats adds in a significant way to protecting democratic values, general good and transatlantic security.

We are delighted to see that the dialogue between our nations and citizens is expanding, especially in the fields of energy, business, cyber security, and military cooperation. The responsible approach of the United States to the protection of freedom and liberty, the deployment of American troops in our region serve as a guarantee of deterrence and security. It also reaffirms our long-standing bonds of friendship and U.S. support to the people of Lithuania, which was crucial for our efforts to overthrow occupation, restore a free, democratic and independent state, return to the family of Western nations, and integrate in transatlantic structures.

Mr. President, we highly appreciate your personal stand to consolidating security and NATO’s defense posture. I am confident that the decades-strong partnership between our countries will be decisively promoted as it moves forward. Our political dialogue and people-to-people contacts are built on strong foundations created by the large Lithuanian American community that found true home in your country as well as on democratic values and freedoms shared and protected by both Lithuania and the United States. We will open and expand more avenues for our people to work together towards national security, economic growth, science and innovation, cultural and societal development.

Mr. President, may I again offer congratulations on Independence Day and wish all American people a happy celebration. Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and best wishes to you and your family.

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Last updated 2019.07.03 15:08

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