Vilnius, March 30th. President Rolandas Paksas of the Republic of Lithuania received today US Ambassador Stephen Donald Mull in Lithuania.
Ambassador Stephen D. Mull congratulated President Rolandas Paksas on the accession of Lithuania to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and handed over a letter from U.S. President George W. Bush:
“Dear Mr. President:
As we mark the anniversary of the start of the campaign to liberate Iraq, I would like to express on behalf of the American people our admiration for the courageous and indispensable role Lithuania has played to free the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and create a safer world. Lithuania has already demonstrated with its actions its value as an ally on the eve of its accession to NATO.
As leaders, we have been called upon to uphold the universal truth that human life is precious and that man’s calling is to live in freedom. For peace and freedom to flourish, we must have the courage to confront those who would enslave us by terror and fear.
History will judge us well for giving the people in Iraq and Afghanistan the opportunity to shape their destinies. The world we live is still dangerous, but we have made it safer through our resolve to combat terror and repression, replacing it with freedom and hope.”
Press Service of the President