Secretary Clinton Travels to Lithuania

Bureau of Public Affairs
June 30, 2011


Secretary Clinton visited Vilnius, Lithuania, from June 30 to July 1, to participate in the Community of Democracies 6th Ministerial. The Ministerial brought together senior government officials, parliamentarians, NGOs, women and youth leaders, and the private sector to advance the shared goals of strengthening civil society and supporting emerging democracies. During her visit, the Secretary participated in the "Women Enhancing Democracy" gathering of world leaders, held under the auspices of the Community of Democracies’ working group on women’s empowerment. She also hosted a session of the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society focused on challenges to the freedoms of speech and association. While in Vilnius, the Secretary held bilateral meetings with President Grybauskaite, Prime Minister Kubilius, and other Lithuanian officials.