Wednesday, October 11. (Vilnius). President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus received letters of credence from Mr. Douglas Graf Von Saurma-Jeltsch, Ambassador of the Order of Malta, and Mr. Filip Cumps, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium.
The Lithuanian President said at the ceremony of the presentation of credentials of the Ambassador of the Order of Malta that although diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the Order of Malta were established not so long ago, the Order’s links to Lithuania go back to more early times.
President Adamkus noted that the activities of the Order rapidly expanded in Lithuania as soon as Lithuania reestablished its independence: “Humanitarian aid, complete with the Red Maltese Cross, started to arrive in this country. The Order of Malta’s Lithuanian Relief Service provides voluntary care and help to the neediest members of society.”
Mr. Adamkus underlined that the activities of the Order promoted the virtues and ideals that we all cherished: awareness and responsibility to society and humankind. “We have to make effort so that our people always follow the example set by your Order, that they have the courage and integrity to take on responsibility for the less fortunate members of society,” said the Lithuanian President at the ceremony.
Mr. Adamkus wished the Ambassador the best of success in discharging his mission. President expressed his confidence that the Ambassador of the Order of Malta would continue the work of his predecessor and would actively undertake the important and meaningful mission in Lithuania.
The Lithuanian President said at the ceremony of the presentation of credentials of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium that Belgium had always been Lithuania’s sincere friend and supporter: “When we were marking our first steps towards independence and its consolidation, when we embarked on the road leading back to the family of European nations, we had always felt the moral and practical support extended by your people and government,” said the President.
“The historical and emotional bonds between our people facilitate and enhance cultural and scientific exchanges and resound in our every-day contacts. Our artists and intellectuals share the fruits of their work, our universities maintain close cooperation ties, and Brussels has become a home city for those Lithuanians who link their future with the European institutions,” noted Mr. Adamkus.
President Adamkus said he had no doubt that Belgium and Lithuania would yet do a lot of work together in creating the future of the European Union: “A more integrated, strong, open, solidary, and competitive European Union is our joint vision for the future,” underlined the Lithuanian President.
Head of State wished the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium every success in discharging his mission and consolidating a modern and dynamic partnership between Belgium and Lithuania, based on common interests.