Komorowski receives honorary degree of Vytautas Magnus University
25 years of freedom was a good time for Poland and Lithuania, time which both countries have used well, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said while receiving an honorary degree of the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.
Professor Zigmas Lydeka, the university's rector, stressed during a ceremony that Komorowski has been awarded the degree "for outstanding contribution to international cooperation to maintain peace and consolidate democracy and significant contribution to the development of freedom, justice and solidarity".
Appealing for good emotions in relations between the two nations, President Komorowski pointed out that "the last quarter-century of Polish and Lithuanian freedom was extremely successful for our countries and people." "I am sure that in a few generations the memory of the achievements of this period will be considered a golden age in the history of Poland and Lithuania."
He stressed that thanks to the consistent efforts Poland and Lithuania are allies in NATO and EU partners. According to the president, the two countries made exceptionally good use of chances offered by EU membership. "Both our nations have regained their independence, they have built democracy and a free market, they have been hugely successful on their way through freedom over the past 25 years" said Komorowski.
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius congratulating Komorowski thanked him for his merits for Lithuania and his contribution to the development of Polish-Lithuanian relations, for his work as Sejm speaker and as the president of Poland.
President Komorowski also received a congratulatory letter from President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite. (PAP)