Monday, March 09, 2009

Meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas

The Secretary is back in action at the State Department. She met today with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas for a bilateral meeting . She began her statement to the press in saying:
"It’s a great pleasure to have the foreign minister along with his delegation from Lithuania here today. Some of you may remember that the minister was a shining star in the Washington, D.C., diplomatic ferment when he served as Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States. He served for five years, and there was a great regret when he left Washington, so it’s especially nice to have him back in his new capacity. I think he’s been foreign minister since December, if I’m not mistaken. "

"That's correct," responded Usackas.

"So he’s been a foreign minister longer than I have been. During our discussions, the minister and I affirmed our shared commitment to the common principles and common purposes that unite our countries. It is no accident that Lithuania is one of our most dependable partners and allies. Both our countries share a determination to promote democracy, uphold the rule of law, encourage broad-based economic prosperity, and we are deeply committed to NATO’s pledge of collective security."

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