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Acting President receives U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Elisabeth B. Jones


Vilnius, May 25th. Acting President of the Republic of Lithuania Arturas Paulauskas received today the United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Elisabeth B. Jones.

At the meeting the Assistant Secretary of State congratulated Lithuania on successful accession to the European Union and NATO and thanked the country for its firm position to remain with the international coalition forces in Iraq as well as for Lithuania’s support and contribution to the fight against terrorism.

The Assistant Secretary of State informed the Acting President about the U.S. initiative to step up co-operation between the United States, the Baltic states and the Nordic countries as well as expressed an interest to step up the dialogue in strengthening the relations between the Euro-Atlantic community and the Eastern neighbours.

The Acting President reiterated the readiness of Lithuania to actively co-operate with the countries in the East and to support democratic and economic reforms in the new neighbours as well as voiced belief that the U.S. and the European Union members could make better use of Lithuania’s experience in the area.

After the Acting President inquired about the possibility of a visa-free regime for Lithuanian citizens to travel to the U.S., the Assistant Secretary said that the introduction of a visa-free regime is a long and complicated process but that the U.S. is happy to open consultations on the issue.

Arturas Paulauskas thanked the U.S. Administration for strong support to Lithuania’s integration with the EU and NATO and expressed belief that Lithuania will further seek to maintain a vigorous relationship between the two countries as well as contribute to the Europe-U.S. co-operation and strengthening of democracy in the region.

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