President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President congratulated Belgium on national day

2018-07-21

Sunday, July 21, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to King Philippe of the Belgians on national day.

The President underlined that the people of Belgium were important partners of Lithuania. “Fourteen years of collaborative work in the European Union and NATO have brought our two nations close together. We share the same approach to many urgent issues on the continental agenda and we stand in the same line on security threats, topical economic and political matters. This was reaffirmed by the recent European Council and NATO summits held in your country,” the President wrote in her message of congratulations.

Dalia Grybauskaitė pointed out that Lithuania and Belgium agreed on the challenges that the continent was facing in its neighborhood and on joint responsibility for the region's defense. The important decisions made at the NATO summit would definitely contribute to consistent joint efforts aimed at ensuring defense capabilities, military mobility and effective coordination.

The President further noted that military cooperation between Lithuania and Belgium – actively developed over the last several years at both bilateral and NATO levels – was critical for delivering these decisions. She underscored Lithuania’s appreciation of the two-year-long deployment of Belgian troops to NATO's enhanced forward presence and expressed gratitude for Belgium’s contribution to security and deterrence. She further wrote that successful cooperation and collaborative work in cyber and information security added to the level of NATO's defense readiness.

The President emphasized that the ongoing close bilateral dialogue had created the foundation for the citizens of both countries to get to know each other better, launch joint business, science, innovation, education, and NGO initiatives and actively engage in academic, cultural and tourist exchanges. It not only strengthened friendship among the nations and European unity, but also inspired people, especially the young generation, to promote and protect the values we all share.

Dalia Grybauskaitė sent her best wishes for the continued health and happiness of King Philippe and members of the Royal Family, as well as for the success, peace and prosperity of the Kingdom of Belgium and its people.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.08.06 11:10

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