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.
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, who is in Stockholm for an official visit, discussed topical bilateral and regional issues with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden. During the meeting, the Lithuania-Sweden maritime boundary agreement was solemnly signed. According to the President, this agreement is an important symbolic step for Lithuania as it finalizes the international legitimation of Lithuania's all boundaries, the process which has taken even 24 years since re-establishment of independence of our country.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė, currently on an official visit to Sweden, opened a Lithuanian-Swedish business forum. The President underlined that Lithuania and Sweden are linked not only by strong political ties - they also enjoy very successful economic cooperation. More and more Lithuanian companies are exploring business opportunities in Sweden. This country is our number one foreign investor and the biggest employer in Lithuania.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė accepted letters of credence from Botswana's Ambassador Lameck Nthekela. The President and the Ambassador talked about the strengthening of bilateral relations. Botswana is one of the most rapidly developing African countries, interested in cooperation in the information and high technology development.
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.