On the Occasion of Lithuania's National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 14, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Lithuania on the 96th anniversary of your independence on February 16.

The United States and Lithuania share a warm friendship and a strong commitment to freedom, democracy, shared prosperity, and the rule of law.

I saw the strength of our partnership firsthand during my visit to Lithuanian last September, and let me tell you, it remains as relevant today as it has been in the past.

As Lithuania marks its 10th anniversary in NATO and the European Union and begins its U.N. Security Council term, the United States looks back in pride on the long and productive relationship between our nations.

We also look forward to the work ahead: advancing democratic norms and peace worldwide, increasing bilateral trade and investment, and supporting the goals of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

On this special day, the United States offers its congratulations to the people of Lithuania on a successful EU presidency and sends heartfelt wishes for the future.