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The following news release has been republished here courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania

The United States strongly supports efforts of the Government of Lithuanian to advance energy diversification and energy security in the Baltic region, reads the letter of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis.

The letter also emphasizes the U.S. support to the development of the nuclear power plant in Visaginas in cooperation with regional partners Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

“I am delighted that serious discussions are underway with U.S. industry,” H.Clinton wrote in the letter.

The U.S. Secretary of State also announced that she accepted the invitation of the Lithuanian Foreign Minister to take part in the Community of Democracies Ministerial in Vilnius on June 30 and July 1. The events will be the culmination of Lithuania’s Presidency of the Community of Democracies.

Presidents of other eight countries, heads of parliament and government have already confirmed their participation in the events.