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Friday, 16 February 2018

President congratulates Lithuanians on independence centenary

  |   On Friday evening, the facade of the Polish Presidential Palace was set to be illuminated by a special lighting display, to mark the occasion On Friday evening, the facade of the Polish Presidential Palace was set to be illuminated by a special lighting display, to mark the occasion

President Andrzej Duda on Friday issued a congratulatory letter to Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite and the whole Lithuanian nation on the 100th anniversary of the reconstruction of this Baltic state.

 

"With 100 years passing since the resurgence of the statehood of the Lithuanian Republic," the Polish head of state wrote in a letter, "I would like to offer you, Madam President, and all the citizens of Lithuania, my heartfelt congratulations and wishes of every success."

 

The Polish president emphasised that 2018 is a special year for both states and nations, because Lithuania and Poland are celebrating their respective independence centenaries.

 

"For centuries, the histories of our countries have been criss-crossing each other in a particular way," Andrzej Duda wrote.

 

"Drawing on our experiences, which span many centuries," he added, "we are focusing on contemporary challenges, in our bilateral relations, as well as in the whole Euro-Atlantic space."

 

The Polish head of state went on to write, "I am pleased that, in such a special year for our countries and societies, I can join you in celebrating the centenary of the resurgence of the Lithuanian statehood."

 

"Madam President, let me wish you many successes and much prosperity. I wish you, Madam President, and all the citizens of Lithuania, a joyful celebration of this unique anniversary," the president concluded.

 

On Friday evening, the facade of the Polish Presidential Palace was illuminated by a special lighting display, to mark the occasion. (PAP)

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