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Hillary Clinton congratulates Lithuania on Independence Day

Lietuvos prezidentė Dalia Grybauskaitė sveikinasi su Hillary Clinton
BFL/Tomo Lukšio nuotr. / Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė with Hillary Clinton during her visit in Vilnius
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United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has congratulated the people of Lithuania on the Day of Re-establishment of the State celebrated on 16 February.

"Despite years of war and Soviet occupation, the people of Lithuania have demonstrated what democracy can deliver to its people. On my two trips to Vilnius last year, I saw firsthand the progress that has been made," Clinton said in a congratulatory message.

In her words, the United States and Lithuania share a long history as partners and friends, and today the countries are dedicated to promoting the ideals of democracy, human rights and rule of law, and are working hard to create a safer future for all their people.

"We look forward to continuing to work with Lithuania as we tackle some of the world’s most challenging issues together," reads the statement published on the website of the US Department of State.

"The United States joins all citizens of Lithuania as you celebrate Lithuania’s independence and the inspiration it provides to countries around the world. Know that the United States stands with you as a dedicated ally and a friend as we work towards a more peaceful and prosperous world," Clinton wrote.

16 February is celebrated as the Day of Re-establishment of State, marking the 1918 independence act proclaimed by the Council of Lithuania which restored an independent and democratic Lithuanian state with a capital in Vilnius.

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