Vilnius, January 22nd. President Valdas Adamkus of the Republic of Lithuania today had luncheon with the ambassadors from the EU and NATO member states. Also were present Lithuania’s foreign minister Antanas Valionis and deputy foreign minister Giedrius Cekuolis who is responsible for the issues relating to Lithuania’s integration into the North Atlantic Alliance.
President Valdas Adamkus underlined that Lithuania who was invited last year to join NATO and the European Union should make the most of emerging new opportunities to ensure national security and sustainable development, to strengthen national economy as well as to develop science and culture.
The President of Lithuania thanked the ambassadors of the EU and NATO member states for their co-operation and support for Lithuania’s strategic goals, development of bilateral relations and enhancement of mutual understanding between the people of Lithuania and their states.
Regular meetings of President Adamkus and the foreign diplomatic corps in Lithuania have demonstrated the openness of the country and its head of state, said Ambassador Jan Palmstierna of the Kingdom of Sweden who spoke on behalf of all ambassadors participating in the luncheon. He further stated that these meetings have substantially contributed to the success of the Euro-Atlantic integration process. Other heads of foreign diplomatic missions also expressed their views about the course of the integration process and Lithuania’s role within it.
To the question about the on-going political developments in Lithuania in the context of unification of Europe President Adamkus said that he was certain that no forces were able to make Lithuania to abandon the Euro-Atlantic integration. The Lithuanian President emphasised that now maintaining the momentum of integration and stepping up the progress reached by Lithuania require consolidating the efforts of political parties and society.
H.E. Mr. Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania