Lithuania's National Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 14, 2012

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Lithuania as you celebrate the 94th anniversary of your independence this February 16.

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. The United States and Lithuania share a long history as partners and friends, and today our countries are dedicated to promoting the ideals of democracy, human rights and rule of law, and we are working hard to create a safer future for all our people. We look forward to continuing to work with Lithuania as we tackle some of the world’s most challenging issues together.

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.

PRN: 2012/219