On behalf of the Lithuanian people, President Gitanas Nausėda offered sincere congratulations to President Donald Trump of the United States of America on 244th independence anniversary and wished for strong health, continued success, unity and peace.
“I am delighted with the successful and comprehensive bilateral cooperation between Lithuania and the United States as well as friendly relations among our people in developing business, educational, cultural, scientific and innovation initiatives. Shared democratic values determine our common approach to political, economic, defense, energy and many other issues on the international agenda. Today, as the world faces the extraordinary challenges and losses of COVID-19, we must remain as united as ever and focus on finding global response to this pandemic and its consequences to be able to prevent potential challenges in the future”, the President said in the message of congratulations.
July 23, 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Sumner Welles Declaration whereby the United States formally condemned the occupation of the Baltic States and did not recognize the Soviet annexation during the Cold War until the restoration of the Baltic independence. According to the President, Lithuanian people will always remember this as an invaluable gift and an expression of true friendship. For many decades this symbol of solidarity and unity helped the Lithuanian people preserve hope, encouraged and inspired to seek freedom. The non-recognition policy of the US condemning Lithuania’s occupation was one of the cornerstones leading us to freedom. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence.
According to the President, the US is our strategic ally in NATO ensuring security in Europe and acting as the strongest deterrence factor in the Baltic region. Tough lessons of the past have taught us to take care of our security therefore the President reassured that Lithuania would stick to its commitment to devote at least 2 percent of GDP to national defense and would try to increase it up to 2.5 percent by 2030. The US military presence in our region is highly important, Lithuania sees it as a security guarantee for itself as well as the entire transatlantic community.
Last updated 2020.06.19 13:26Back