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"Two embassies in a single building is the best witness to close neighborly cooperation between the Nordic countries, " President said in the opening ceremony of Finnish and Norwegian embassies


Monday, July 6, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus participated in the official opening of new embassies of Finland and Norway in Vilnius.


"Norway and Finland have always been sincere partners of Lithuania, providing every possible assistance to our country in the fields of defense, environmental protection and social integration," the President said, noting the ever stronger contacts between the countries and the growing flows of trade and investment.


The President also noted that Norway, which had helped Lithuania very much on its path to Independence, today was its important economic partner. Both states are also close allies within NATO, within the framework of which Norway has already carried out two Baltic air-policing missions.


President Adamkus thanked Norway for its financial assistance extended in the fields of health-care, cultural heritage, and child care programs.


"Norway - a favorite destination among many Lithuanian tourists - associates with serene natural landscape and fresh unpolluted air. I am certain that we have a lot to learn from you, just like from other Nordic countries, in energy and environmental protection and especially in improving energy efficiency and countering climate change. The dynamic Lithuanian community in Norway also serves as an important bridge between our two countries," the President of Lithuania said.


Recalling his recent state visit to Finland, the President underlined that Lithuania and Finland were connected by deep historical bonds, which had grown into particularly close cooperation over the past few decades, with active student and academic exchanges between universities, rapidly growing economic ties, intensifying cultural and people-to-people contacts.


"Two embassies in a single building is the best witness to close neighborly cooperation between the Nordic countries. I am deeply convinced that the embassies of Finland and Norway in Vilnius will make our relations even more dynamic. Housed in one building, they now symbolize our strong friendship and common future in a unified, democratic and open Europe," President Adamkus said.


The official opening ceremony was attended by King Harald V of Norway and President Tarja Halonen of Finland, who have come to Lithuania to celebrate the Millennium.



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