Prime Minister extends greetings to France on its National Day


2023 07 14

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On behalf of the Government and the people of Lithuania, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has sent a message of sincere greetings to France, celebrating its national day – Bastille Day – along with her best wishes for prosperity and well-being.

“Allow me to acknowledge the excellent bilateral relations between our countries. We are interested in further developing the strategic bilateral dialogue with France, as it is one of Lithuania’s most important partners. We are also ready to strengthen our economic cooperation, protect and promote European values together, and pursue sustainable growth, international peace, and stability from Europe to the Sahel.

We are deeply grateful to France for its contribution to the security of the Baltic region, particularly its participation in the NATO Air Policing Mission in Lithuania. We look forward to working together to further strengthen NATO’s eastern flank and enhance military cooperation between Lithuania and France.

In the face of Russia’s shocking and brutal war against Ukraine, it is more important than ever for EU and NATO countries to stand together in support of Ukraine’s heroic efforts to defend not only its independence and territorial integrity but also the security order of Europe and the values of the democratic world. France’s firm and principled stance and support for Ukraine bring Ukraine closer to victory and peace. Simultaneously, it is essential to ensure international accountability for all the crimes committed by Russia by establishing a Special Tribunal for the investigation of crimes of aggression.

I am convinced that the joint Lithuanian-French cultural season in 2024 will further strengthen the ties between our people and our countries,” said the Head of Government in her letter of greetings.