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Friday, 16 February 2007

Visit of the Presidential Couple in Vilnius

On 16th February 2007 in the afternoon the President of Poland and Ms Kaczyńska paid a few-hour long visit in Vilnius at the invitation of the President of Lithuania.

The Presidential Couple took part in a ceremony to commemorate the 89th anniversary of the restoration of the Lithuanian state. During the gala ceremony President Kaczyński delivered a special address, in which he underscored the importance of Polish-Lithuanian cooperation in the European Union. President Kaczyński presented to President Valdas Adamkus a letter of congratulations on account of the national anniversary.


Below is the text of the letter:

”On the occasion of the Day of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania, on behalf of all Poles and personally I want to extend to Your Excellency and to all citizens of the Republic of Lithuania my most heartfelt wishes of all the very best as many successes on the road of further development of the Lithuanian State and Nation.

For many years Poland and Lithuania have been connected by special ties of friendship and partnership. We are also united by a rich, common history and tradition of several hundreds of years as well as the experience of enslavement by the communist system. Such an experience allows us to better understand what it means to live in a sovereign, independent and free state. Today we together extend our support to other countries in the region striving for freedom. We are making an all-out effort to implement the principle of solidarity within EU and NATO forums and to ensure security and conditions for development to all member states and candidate countries.

Last year, when we celebrated the 15th anniversary of restoration of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Lithuania, was a period of particularly intense dialogue and cooperation between our countries. Signing of the agreement on connecting the electric power systems of our countries, the successful conclusion of the process of acquisition of a majority stake in the Mazeikiai Nafta refinery by PKN Orlen as well as other business projects are a practical expression of the strategic partnership of our states.

I also wish to express satisfaction at the exceptional project in 2006 of Lithuanian Days in Poland. Over one hundred events, during which Polish audiences were shown Lithuanian art, culture, the economy and tourism, allowed Poles to get more in-depth knowledge about Lithuania. I believe that similar projects will serve to bring our societies closer together, thus substantially contributing to the development and deepening of our friendly relations.

Mr President, please accept my wishes of good health, all the best and many successes in your work for the Republic of Lithuania”.

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