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Saturday, September 10, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė attended a commemorative parliamentary sitting to mark twenty years of the recognition of Lithuanian re-independence and renewed diplomatic relations.

In her speech, the President said that this historic anniversary marked the beginning of a new Lithuania, which gave us an opportunity to once again build, as best as we can, a state that we want to have and live in. She underlined that the Lithuanian people would never forget those who had helped us rejoin the international community. Our very special gratitude goes to the people of Iceland who were the first to make the bold move of recognizing the Baltic States, the President said.

Dalia Grybauskaitė pointed that in the past twenty years, through the efforts of Lithuanian diplomats and the friends of Lithuania around the world, our nation became an equal member of the UN, the EU, NATO, UNESCO as well as an active participant of international and public organizations. In the recent years, Lithuania has been increasingly often entrusted with responsible seats and positions: chairmanship of the Community of Democracies, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and soon the presidency of the European Union.

“The consolidation of Lithuania’s international standing has never been and will never be a finite process. We have to contribute all of us so as to feel proud of our country and to make those who supported our aspirations of freedom and independence feel proud of us,” the President said.

The President thanked the international community for the support extended at a time of vital importance to Lithuania. She wished all to be considerate and attentive to freedom and democracy aspirations of their own and other nations.

Source: Press Service of the President