A Significant Anniversary for Lithuania

Foreign Minister  G. Landsbergis, Canadian ambassador to the Baltics K. Rex, US Ambassador to Lithuanian R. Gilchrist

The 30th anniversary of the renewal of Lithuanian diplomatic relations with USA and Canada was commemorated on September 2, with an introduction by Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. The foreign minister noted that Lithuania’s ties with the two countries are invaluable, based as they are on common principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. They must continue to grow so we may meet today’s threats and challenges together and promote democratic values throughout the world.

Participants were also greeted by the US ambassador to Lithuania Robert Gilchrist, Canada’s ambassador to the Baltics Kevin Rex, Interparliamentary Relations with Canada chair Morgana Danielė, Interparliamentary Relations with US Congress chair Emanuelis Zingeris. An art exhibition featuring Lithuanian graphic artists and painters from Canada and USA was curated for the commemoration, accompanied by a video created for the event. Works included from the National Art Gallery were those of Elena Urbaitytė, Kęstutis Zapkus, Telesforas Valius and Snaigė Šileika.

Canada recognized the restoration of Lithuanian independence on August 26, 1991, with diplomatic relations renewed on September 2 of that year. The US recognized the restoration on September 2, 1991, and renewed diplomatic ties on September 6.

News from the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry