President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania to the White House on April 3, 2018.
The United States-Baltic Summit will reinforce the strong ties between the United States and the three Baltic nations. Our leaders will discuss how best to strengthen our security, business, trade, energy, and cultural partnerships.
Together with our allies, we look forward to celebrating the 100th anniversaries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania’s independence this year. Throughout decades of Soviet occupation, the United States never ceased to recognize the sovereignty of the Baltic States.
On July 23, 1940, acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles issued a declaration condemning the forced annexation of these three nations by the Soviet Union. The flags of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania continued to fly in Washington throughout the occupation. And in the time since the Baltic nations regained their independence, the United States has watched as they have built strong and prosperous democratic institutions and taken their rightful place within the European and Trans-Atlantic communities.
The Baltic States are strong NATO Allies and European Union partners who are meeting their pledge to invest two percent of GDP in defense spending and have maintained a strong partnership with us in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. The U.S. commitment to the collective defense of our NATO Allies remains ironclad.
We admire all that Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have accomplished these past 100 years and the United States looks forward to continuing our strong partnership in security and prosperity in the years to come.
Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.com.