President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with General Paul J. Selva, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command of the Department of Defense (USTRANSCOM). The President and the General discussed military cooperation between Lithuania and the United States of America as well as prospects for using Klaipėda Seaport and other infrastructure in Lithuania for the transportation of military and commercial cargoes of NATO allies. The port of Klaipėda is part of the Northern distribution corridor which has been used for the U.S. NATO ISAF transit through Lithuania to Afghanistan since 2008.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė spoke on the phone with President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia to discuss regional security and preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit which will be held on 4-5 September in Wales. According to the Lithuanian head of state, it is planned to adopt at the summit a solid package that will enhance Georgia's defense capabilities. In Wales, NATO also intends to confirm its position regarding Georgia's future in the Alliance.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to President Hamid Karzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of Afghanistan's Independence Day. "As your nation tackles the difficult tasks of strengthening the state, consolidating the economic welfare and ensuring national and social equality, I would like to express my strongest support to you and to the people of your country who peacefully aspire for democracy and prosperity," the President wrote in her message of congratulations.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, to discuss the security situation in Ukraine and the European Union, ratification of the association agreement, and implementation of European reforms that are needed for the country's development. The President voiced strong support for the Ukrainian government's efforts to restore peace and stability in the eastern part of the country.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented letters of credence to Vytautas Naudužas, Lithuanian ambassador to Kazakhstan. During their meeting, the President and the newly appointed ambassador discussed bilateral economic cooperation and Kazakhstan-EU relationship. According to the President, the growing trade turnover has shown that Kazakhstan is Lithuania's most important economic partner in Central Asia. Therefore, it is essential to maintain and further increase trade volumes between the two countries. The President underlined that the potential of Lithuania as a transit country should be better exploited.
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.