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On November 25th, a high level U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Representative David Dreier (Republican of California), the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules visited Vilnius to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Members of the Seimas leadership, and other government officials.

During their visit, the distinguished members of the Congressional delegation also participated in a roundtable discussion on the Ronald Reagan Centenary, hosted at the Seimas.  At the conclusion of the discussion, the delegation held an open press conference just outside the Constitution Hall of the Seimas.  Lastly, the Members of the delegation attended a presentation of the agreement signed between U.S. European Command and the Energy Security Center at the headquarters of the Center at the Military Academy.

The main purpose of the delegation’s visit to Vilnius was to consult with Lithuanian government leaders on a range of mutual interests given Lithuania’s current chairmanship of the OSCE, and its significant contributions as a NATO ally and EU partner.  In that context, the visit of the delegation promoted continued, strong political, economic and people-to-people ties between the U.S. and Lithuania.

The other members of the Congressional delegation are: Representative Ed Whitfield (Republican of Kentucky), and Representative Donald Payne (Democrat of New Jersey).