Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania Christmas Gala

  Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania Christmas Gala Saturday, December 8, 2018 Vilnius Grand Resort   Dear Chamber members, guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Happy holidays!  I am pleased to join you this evening for this festive gala, to celebrate the season and all of the AmCham’s accomplishments over the ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Opening Remarks at #That’s Harassment Panel Discussion at Vilnius University Library

Thank you for joining us this afternoon to discuss an incredibly important topic – sexual harassment and sexual violence. We began this conversation last year and as we have seen worldwide, it is vital that we continue addressing this issue.   
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at “Women, Peace and Security Capacity Building Conference”

I am delighted to join you today at the Women, Peace and Security Capacity Building Conference.  It is wonderful to see so many international experts gathered to discuss the role of women in peacebuilding and security.  I am especially delighted to welcome such a strong American delegation joining us here today, including representatives from the ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Ceremony to Present the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to President Valdas Adamkus

It is a great honor and privilege for me to take part today in this ceremony to present the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to President Valdas Adamkus.  Each year, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation bestows this medal on individuals and institutions that have demonstrated a life-long commitment to freedom, democracy, and opposition to communism ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell Visits Vilnius

On October 31, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell visited Vilnius for a series of bilateral meetings, including at the Presidency and with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius, and Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis.  The main topics of discussion included strengthening our collaborative efforts to enhance security ...
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th Anniversary – English Writing Competition

The U.S. Embassy in Lithuania in cooperation with Lithuanian state institutions invites all students from grades 9-12 to participate in an English writing competition to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  This is a chance to express your personal views or stories about the importance of ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Current Time TV Launch in Lithuania

Gyvename skaitmeniniame amžiuje iš visų pusių apsupti informacijos srauto ir tampa vis sunkiau įvertinti jos tikrumą ir patikimumą. Mūsų dienomis informacija tapo ginklu kibernetinėje erdvėje. Į Lietuvą nukreipta organizuota dezinformacijos kampanija, kuria siekiama paminti lietuvių pasitikėjimą savo vyriausybe, Jungtinėmis Amerikos Valstijomis ir demokratinėmis institucijomis, kurioms Lietuva priklauso. Kaimyninės šalys taip pat patiria panašias atakas.
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Opening of the International Art Exhibition “Manuscript”

It has been a great honor for me to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania during the centennial celebration of the restoration of Lithuanian statehood.  The United States is proud of its long, rich history of friendship with Lithuania and its neighbors, Estonia and Latvia.  This friendship has endured many challenging days yet we ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Fulbright Tea at the Ambassador’s Residence

Thank you for joining us today to welcome our newest Fulbright participants to Lithuania and to celebrate the importance of the Fulbright program with our alumni and guests from the Ministry of Education. Senator J. William Fulbright, for whom this program is named, said many decades ago that “The Fulbright Program aims to bring a ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at Symposium “Diplomats Who Saved Jewish Lives” in Kaunas

 It is a great honor and privilege for me to take part in this symposium, and to pay my respects to Chiune Sugihara, to Jan Zwartendijk, and to all those who assisted them in their efforts to save lives.  As a career diplomat, the stories of these brave officials, who defied the odds, often defying ...
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Chargé d’affaires Solomon’s Remarks at Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

In this exceptional year when Lithuania celebrates the 100th anniversary of the restoration of its statehood, the annual commemoration of the Sumner Welles declaration takes on a special meaning. Looking back at 100 years of U.S. and Lithuanian relations, there are numerous examples of the friendship between our peoples, cultural and economic ties, and our ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Signing of Science, Technology & Innovation Agreement

I would first like to thank Minister Petrauskiene for arranging and hosting this ceremony.  And, of course, thank you everyone for being here today. It is a great honor to greet you on this occasion, as we sign the third cooperation agreement on science, technology, and innovation between governments of Lithuania and the United States.  ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Reception for International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT)

Together with fellow like-minded embassies, I would like to thank you all for joining us today to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT).  It is a special honor for me to hold this year’s reception at my residence, and I would like to thank the governments of Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Reception Honoring U.S. participants in Exchange Programs

The United States has proudly called Lithuania a friend for the past century and that is, in large part, because of the strength of the ties between the people of our two great countries. As we look forward to the next 100 years of U.S.-Lithuanian relations, we know that the strength of our bond will ...
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Ambassador Hall Remarks at the Reception Honoring Emerging Young Leader Zina Salim Hassan Hamu

Welcome and thank you all for coming to this very special event.  On May 2, in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of State presented its Emerging Young Leaders Award to Zina Salim Hassan Hamu, who is currently studying at LCC International University in Klaipeda.  Each year, the U.S. presents this award to only ten outstanding ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks for #ThatsHarassment Panel Discussion at Vytautas Magnus University

Dear students, faculty, and experts: Thank you for joining us this afternoon to discuss such an important topic – sexual harassment and sexual violence. The topic of sexual harassment may make people uncomfortable, as it is not always easy to talk about, but we have seen – in the United States, in Lithuania, and across ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Lithuanian Protective Seminar for Lithuanian State Police

Good morning everyone, and thank you for coming to this training led by our Department of Homeland Security Attachés from the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn.  It is nice to see so many Lithuanian law enforcement and security representatives as well as U.S. law enforcement officials.  I’d like to thank our DHS representatives from U.S. Embassy ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the CEPA US-Poland-Lithuania Roundtable Discussions on Security and Defence

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, it is my honor to be here today with Minister Karoblis, Undersecretary Marek Łapinski, and President Peter Doran.  The United States and its NATO Allies have one of the closest military relationships in the world.  The U.S. recognizes that the Baltic States and Poland, on the border of our Alliance, ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at the Lithuanian-American Innovation Award Ceremony

It gives me great pleasure to be here today to help present the Lithuanian-American Innovation Award.  This award is a combined initiative of the American Lithuania Business Council, the U.S. Embassy, and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation.  I’d like to express special thanks to BAFF for their financial support – without which this award would ...
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Lithuania’s Centennial Message from Former Ambassador Deborah McCarthy

On this 100th Day of celebration of our friendship, I would like to congratulate Lithuania on its unwavering commitment to the ideals of freedom and democracy. I recall the reaffirmation of these values during the visit with President Obama at the White House in September 2013 as well as during Vice President Biden’s visit to ...
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Lithuania’s Centennial Message from Former Ambassador Anne E. Derse

I would like to express my admiration for the courage and vigor Lithuanians consistently have exhibited in building an independent and democratic state.  Please also accept my deepest thanks for the great kindness and friendship you extended to me and my family when we served in Lithuania. Congratulations on this important occasion!
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Lithuania’s Centennial Message from Former Ambassador John Cloud

Mary and I are honored to congratulate President Grybauskaitė, the Lithuanian Government, and the Lithuanian people on the centennial anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence. It was an honor and a privilege to represent the United States to Lithuania, our great friend and ally, from 2006 to 2009.
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Lithuania’s Centennial Message from Former Ambassador Stephen D. Mull

Warm congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian statehood!  Lithuanians have inspired the world with their remarkable struggle to secure their independence, overcoming oppression with an extraordinary commitment to their history, their culture and their values.  It is those traits which make America proud to call Lithuanians friends and allies in our ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Centennial Message to Lithuania and Lithuanians

It is a great honor to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania during the centennial celebration of the restoration of Lithuanian statehood.  The United States has proudly called Lithuania a friend for the past century.  We congratulate the Republic of Lithuania on this important milestone in the history not only of this country and ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Opening Remarks at #ThatsHarassment Panel Discussion

Dear students, faculty, and experts, thank you for joining us this afternoon to discuss such an important topic. Every year at this time, the United States, Lithuania, and the rest of the world commemorate 16 Days of Activism to address the issue of violence against women. For too long, this subject was rarely discussed in ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at Press Conference for the Samuel Bak Museum Opening

It is a great privilege for me to be here today. The opening of the Samuel Bak Museum in Lithuania is a historic milestone for U.S.-Lithuanian friendship. We are enormously grateful to the Vilna Gaon Jewish Museum and the Pucker Gallery in the United States for their phenomenal efforts.
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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Groundbreaking for Hollister Inc. Plant in Kaunas

I’m honored to be celebrating the groundbreaking ceremony of Hollister Incorporated in Lithuania – and the arrival of another U.S. company to Lithuania.  Hollister’s arrival demonstrates the strong and growing ties between our countries’ economies.  Known worldwide for its advanced medical products sold in 80 countries, Hollister will serve the European market with this manufacturing ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at a Concert of “Lumenaria Chorale” from Washington D.C.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the "Lumenaria Chorale" from Washington D.C. to Vilnius to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. I have no doubt that your performance will be both beautiful and uplifting. While Lithuania prides itself on being a “singing country,” Washington, D.C. prides itself on being the Choral Capital of ...
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Ambassador Hall’s Remarks for the U.S. and German Flags Raising Ceremony at NATO ESCOE

I thank you for this opportunity to address you as we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence. As Vice President Pence said in Tallinn on July 31, a strong and united NATO is needed more today than at any point since the collapse of Communism a quarter-century ago.
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25th Anniversary of the US-LT Educational Exchanges

On May 16, Ambassador Hall gave remarks at the Reception Marking the 25th Anniversary of the US-LT Educational Exchanges. For 25 years the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius has been proud to sponsor the academic and professional development of Lithuanians through our exchange programs, which include the Fulbright program, the International Visitor Leadership Program – more ...
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