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The 79th anniversary of the Sumner Welles Declaration was solemnly celebrated in Vilnius
19 July 2019 14:38

On July 18, 2019, with the participation of representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Lithuania, the annual solemn event to celebrate the Sumner Welles Declaration of July 23, 1940 took place on the Washington square in Vilnius.

The event, during which the solemn hoisting of the national flags of the Republic of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the United States of America took place, was aimed at commemorating the 79th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of the US Secretary of State Sumner Welles on July 23, 1940, by which the US did not recognize the Soviet occupation of the three Baltic States, that, among others, allowed Lithuania to restore its independence in 1990.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkavičius, the first Head of the independent Lithuania’s Parliament Vytautas Landsbergis, the Head of the Seimas Group for inter-parliamentary relations with the United States of America, a signatory of the Act of the re-establishment of the State of Lithuania Emanuelis Zingeris, the US Ambassador to Lithuania Anne Hall, Vilnius city Mayor Remigijus Šimaišius delivered their speeches in front of the Members of Lithuanian Seimas, the representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in the Lithuanian capital, the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian public and local media.

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