President of the Republic of Lithuania

February 16: messages of congratulation from all over the world

2019-02-15

Friday, February 15, Vilnius  President Dalia Grybauskaitė received messages of congratulations from world leaders on February 16, Independence Day, wishing the people of Lithuania concord, peace and prosperity.

Recalling his Apostolic Journey of last September to Lithuania, Pope Francis extended cordial greetings and best wishes to the Lithuanian people. “I pray that all Lithuanians may continue to promote the values of justice, solidarity and peace, and I gladly invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God upon the nation,” Pope Francis wrote in his message of congratulations.

U.S. President Donald Trump underlined in his letter that Lithuania is a valued friend and ally in the defense of transatlantic ties and the foundation of values on which these bonds rest. The United States deeply appreciates Lithuania’s partnership in strengthening European security, countering terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, and supporting the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and advancement towards democracy of other countries. On behalf of the American people, President Donald Trump wished all Lithuanians a joyful celebration of independence and thanked for working together to ensure peace and security in Europe.

Queen Elizabeth II extended her best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the people of Lithuania.

Emperor Akihito wrote a telegram: “I have great pleasure in sending Your Excellency my heartfelt congratulations and sincere good wishes for your happiness and for the prosperity of the people of your country.”

In his message of congratulations to the Lithuanian people, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his delight that he had celebrated the centennial of Lithuania’s independence in Vilnius a year ago. He underlined that Germany and Lithuania are bound by strong ties of partnership as well as by trust-based cooperation within the European Union and NATO. According to President Steinmeier, Lithuania will always be able to rely on Germany’s solidarity.

French President Emmanuel Macron, on behalf of himself and the people of his country, extended sincere congratulations on Lithuania’s national day. He expressed his delight at the high-quality level political dialogue between Lithuania and France, opening the way for increasingly more dynamic bilateral relations across all areas of interest. President Macron commended Lithuania's stance of strong support for the European Union, underscoring his wish that the EU should become more sovereign and united, assuming its rightful place on the international scene to protect its citizens more effectively. He further highlighted Last year’s events held to celebrate the centennial of Lithuanian independence, including the exhibition of artworks by Baltic symbolists at the Musée d'Orsay.

Congratulations on Lithuania’s Independence Day were also extended by King Philippe of Belgium, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, King Felipe of Spain, President Michael Higgins of Ireland, President Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria, President Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Sergio Mattarella of Italy, President Raimonds Vējonis of Latvia, President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, Governor General of Canada Julie Payette, President Ueli Maurer of Switzerland, Governer General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, President Xi Jinping of China, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, President Putin of Russia, President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, President Martín Vizcarra of Peru, and others.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.02.15 14:27

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