President of the Republic of Lithuania

Toast remarks by President Dalia Grybauskaitė at dinner in honor of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

2017-08-24

Mr. President,

Madam Büdenbender,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to welcome the President of Germany to Lithuania this year, which carries a very special meaning for the partnership between our two nations.

Germany had never recognized the occupation of Lithuania. It supported the reestablishment of Lithuanian independence and its return to the family of European states.

It is therefore significant that the Act of Independence of February 16, 1918 was preserved in Germany and discovered in its archives just one year before the Centennial of Lithuania.

It is the best possible gift for Lithuania celebrating one hundred years of modern statehood.

Today, too, Germany contributes to enhancing freedom and independence. The Lithuanian people highly appreciate that Germany has taken on the responsibility to lead NATO’s forward presence battalion in Lithuania. The service performed by German soldiers here is not only symbolic – it provides an effective deterrent against the continued demonstration of aggression in the region.

All of this is solidly built on our close political dialogue. We are committed allies in NATO and partners in the European Union. Together we defend our common values and the spirit of responsible solidarity. Germany is a key economic partner of Lithuania. With bilateral trade and investments growing and expanding, our economic relations are further consolidated by meaningful people-to-people contacts, academic and scientific cooperation ties. We are very pleased to welcome more and more German tourists to Lithuania.

Mr. President,

Madam Büdenbender,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Lithuania and Germany have never been as close allies as they are today. A new generation of Europeans, including Lithuanians and Germans, is growing up – a generation that will together contribute to building a free and prosperous future of our continent.

Let us raise our glasses to friendship between our two countries, to our people and to common future in Europe.

Zum Wohl!

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Last updated 2017.08.29 10:22

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