Lithuanian parlt speaker to go to US to discuss Baltic regional current affairs

  • 2020-03-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Viktoras Pranckietis, speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, is going to the United States on Monday to discuss the Baltic region's current affairs.

Pranckietis will be accompanied by his Latvian and Polish counterparts and representatives of the Estonian parliament, the Lithuanian Seimas' Public Relations Unit said.

Lithuania appreciates the United States' role in ensuring the Baltic regions' security and stability, the Lithuanian parliament speaker said before his visit.

"The US presence in our region is indispensible. We are grateful to the United States for its active participation in military exercises held in the Baltic region," Pranckietis said.

NATO's defense plan for the Baltic states and Poland is important for Lithuania, Pranckietis said, as well as measures aimed at bolstering military readiness, including cyber and energy security.

During the visit, Pranckietis is scheduled to meet with Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, chairs of committees of the House of Representatives and Senate, heads of the Senate's group of friends of the Baltic states.

The speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the Lithuanian communities in Washington and Baltimore during his visit.