On Thursday, April 24, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will travel to Prague to attend a high level meeting to mark the 5th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. During the meeting, the heads of state of EU and Eastern Partnership countries will discuss how to ensure the continuity and efficiency of the Eastern Partnership programme in view of the newly emerging challenges to the region's security and stability.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with U.S. Republican Senators John McCain, John Barrasso and John Hoeven. The main points of discussion were the situation in Ukraine and the threats it posed to the security of Europe and the Baltic region. The President and Senators also reviewed concrete steps to strengthen cooperation between Lithuania and the United States. According to the President, Russia's actions in Ukraine pose a threat to the security system of the entire Europe.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė accepted letters of credence from the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio Pedro Lopez Quintana. During their meeting, the President and the Apostolic Nuncio reviewed close cooperation and the well-established legal relations between Lithuania and the Vatican. Lithuania is the only state in Central and Eastern Europe where the status of the Church is fully defined.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with King Carl XVI Gustaf during her official visit to Sweden. Among the issues discussed were Lithuanian-Swedish relations as well as bilateral cultural and scientific ties. The President underlined that Sweden was Lithuania's very close neighbor and ally. "Sweden and other Nordic countries were and continue to be good partners of Lithuania. From the very beginning they extended strong support for Lithuanian independence and provided significant political and financial assistance. We are closely interconnected, both economically and financially. Together we work to achieve a balanced and sustainable development for our countries by the Baltic Sea and to make our people feel free and secure," the President said.
Dear Fellow People, Dear Servicemen, Ten years ago, Lithuania took a historic step - it became a member of NATO, the world's strongest military alliance. Membership in the alliance of 28 states opened a chapter of new values in the history of our country. We joined the transatlantic community of nations which understands very well that true strength lies in democratic values, unity, peace and freedom, not the demonstration of military might.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I express my appreciation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for hosting this Summit. First, Lithuania strongly supports the ambitious objective of the Summit ‒ to increase global nuclear security. We have to foster nuclear security culture - by demonstrating transparency and openness.At this Summit, Lithuania joins the far-reaching Initiative on Strengthening Nuclear Security Implementation. We aim at creating more cohesion in nuclear security and demonstrate communitarian approach in our efforts.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we take another important step towards Lithuanian energy independence. We are sailing off Lithuania's liquefied natural gas storage vessel which will carry the symbolic name of "Independence". Lithuania's ambition to have more than one alternative for gas supply is becoming a reality today.
Dear Fellow People of Lithuania, I extend my greetings to all of you who are celebrating with open hearts the Day of Restoration of the State of Lithuania. Today, the whole nation, filled with pride and joy, sends goodwill greetings to Lithuania. But the best and most meaningful gift to the State is peace and togetherness among its citizens and their wish to live and work for the future of the nation.