President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to discuss bilateral relations and the Middle East peace process. The President has underlined that Lithuania and Israel are the countries not rich in natural resources, but they have hard-working, talented, highly educated and skilled people. Therefore, especially great potential for bilateral cooperation lies in the spheres of research and innovation.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Italian senator and former prime minister Mario Monti who now chairs the EU high level group on own resources. Mario Monti helped Lithuania to resolve the long-standing issue of its interwar embassy building "Villa Lituania". As compensation for this building expropriated during World War II, Lithuania agreed to accept new premises in the center of Rome.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations, on behalf of the Lithuanian people and on her own behalf, to President Enrique Peña Nieto of the United Mexican States on the occasion of Independence Day. According to the President, relations between Lithuania and Mexico - developed in the spirit of mutual respect, trust and friendship - will continue to grow stronger. In her message of congratulations the President has underlined that bilateral economic and political cooperation, joint cultural and other projects will not only strengthen Lithuania and Mexico, but will also bring the people of the two nations even closer together.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Šarūnas Adomavičius, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Poland. During their meeting, the President and the newly appointed ambassador discussed prospects of strengthening bilateral cooperation and regional security issues. According to the President, it is important for both countries to quickly implement decisions that were adopted at the NATO summit.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė accepted letters of credence from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Lithuania, Hong Ji-in. The President and the Ambassador discussed bilateral relations between Lithuania and South Korea, economic relations, and prospects of strengthening cooperation in international organizations.
Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, Each and every word of my oath has resounded and will resound in my life as a personal commitment to you. We are destined to live in exceptional times and work together to take care of Lithuania. I know that it will be not easy, but we will continue the efforts started and we will find a way out of even the most difficult situations. For me, leading my country means to protect the interests of the Lithuanian people every single day across all fields. My objective is to bring honest, professional and responsible people together for a common goal - to make Lithuania stronger.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Back in Vilnius from all over the world, you are the pride of Lithuania. Your success stories are the best proof that our country encourages, inspires and develops great talents. It is true that in order to use your ability to the full, many of you have graduated foreign universities, work in international companies and now live outside Lithuania. However, your Lithuanian roots - which shaped your mindset, character and educational background - have also helped you to achieve success.
Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, Dear Participants of the Flag Raising Ceremony, The tricolors flying above our heads have once again united us as one nation and one state - Lithuania, a homeland for us all. The tricolor is not just a symbol of our state - it is a symbol of its each citizen. A token that brings us together for common goals and fosters the feeling of unity. The three colors signify our identity and uniqueness. Our home and our life.
Dear Participants of the Awards Ceremony, Today decorate those who keep a sacred place for Lithuania both in their hearts and work. Their life speaks the undeniable truth: Lithuania is dear and precious because it is the only one. It empowers to be exclusive and unique. It defines who we were, are and want to be. Lithuania makes it possible for us to be ourselves and to build our own future.