In a letter to Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, Trump defined Lithuania as "a leader in promoting democracy and strengthening the trans-Atlantic community." "Your support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as your efforts to increase energy diversification, advance our shared goal of enhancing European and regional security," the U.S. president said, Censor.NET reports citing The Baltic Times.
In his message, forwarded a few days before Lithuania's Independence Day, Trump commends Lithuania for increased defense funding.
"Lithuania is a valued NATO ally that leads by example through your commitment to our shared defense, as evidenced by increasing your defense spending to achieve NATO's agreed benchmark," he said.
In his letter, Trump also applauded Lithuania's support in Afghanistan and efforts against the Islamic State group.
"Lithuania's contribution to joint efforts in Afghanistan and to countering ISIS further demonstrate its commitment to advancing global security," the U.S. president stressed.
On Feb. 16, Lithuania will celebrate the 99th anniversary of the State.