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2019.11.11 09:14

Lithuanian president congratulates Poland, praises dialogue based on 'close values'

BNS 2019.11.11 09:14

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Monday congratulated his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Poland's Independence Day, calling Warsaw one of Lithuania's closest and most important ally.

"A dialogue based on common interests and close values allows us to deal together with security, economic and other challenges our region is facing, and contribute to ensuring freedom, security and full welfare for both our citizens and all Europeans," the Lithuanian president said in his message of congratulation.

Lithuania appreciates Poland's contribution to bolstering security the region, according to the statement released by the Lithuanian presidential office, as Polish troops take part in military exercises in Lithuania and have eight times taken part in the NATO Baltic air policing mission.

This year marks joint Lithuanian-Polish anniversaries, including the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin, the 25th anniversary of the Lithuanian-Polish treaty on friendly relations and good neighborly cooperation, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership programme.

Lithuania and Poland need to strengthen EU, US ties

Meanwhile, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said the two countries have a joint task to ensure more EU investment into translantic ties with the US.

Congratulating Poland on its 101st Independence Day, the prime minister expressed his delight over "the governments' political, economic and cultural cooperation that intensified last year,.

"The goal of building a strong and united European Union that invests more into the strengthening of the transatlantic ties remains a common task of Lithuania and Poland," Skvernelis said in his message of congratulation.