Before leaving for centennial celebrations in Riga, President Dalia Grybauskaitė sent a message of congratulations to President Raimonds Vējonis on the 100th anniversary of Latvia’s independence.
The President underlined that Latvia was very dear to Lithuania. “We are bound not only by the historic events that took place 100 years ago, but also by our song-inspired resistance and armed fights for freedom and civil rights, as well as by our shared ultimate goal of restoring and consolidating national independence,” the President wrote.
According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, the Baltic centennials mark a very special milestone for our nations and for the entire democratic and free Europe. They testify to the experience and achievements gained by the brave-hearted and never-yielding Lithuanian and Latvian nations.
Lithuania, too, is celebrating 100 years of Latvian independence. The Presidential Palace balconies are glowing with illuminated signs “LV 100” and the state flags of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia are flying in Daukantas Square.
Dalia Grybauskaitė noted that Latvia had always been Lithuania’s close ally and neighbor across the timeline: “We stand as like-minded partners in the face of today’s challenges. Together, we will continue working to safeguard the security, welfare and freedom of our people”.
The President expressed her firm belief that the dialogue between the two nations on bilateral and regional issues as well as on matters relevant to the European Union and NATO would always serve as a driving force in strengthening the Baltic region, the continent and the transatlantic community. She pointed out that the experience, values and objectives shared by Lithuanians and Latvians would further deepen their bonds of friendship.
The President wished continued success, happiness, and long years of freedom, unity and prosperity to Latvia and its people.