President Obama hosted Baltic leaders on August 30
September 4, 2013
Posted by Linda Rink
President Obama hosted an Aug. 30 summit of the Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.

The guest list: Presidents Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and Andris Berzins of Latvia.

The joint meeting at the White House "will highlight the significant transformations the Baltic states have undergone since restoring their independence two decades ago," said the announcement.

The White House added:

"Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia are valued NATO allies, and the four leaders will discuss a broad range of mutual interests, including regional cooperation on shared challenges, energy security, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, defense, and cyber cooperation.  The presidents will also discuss joint efforts to advance human rights and democratic values, including development assistance for emerging democracies around the world.
David Jackson, USA TODAY11:20 a.m. EDT July 29, 2013
Update on September 4, 2013 by Registered CommenterPosted by Linda Rink

The White House Office of the Press Secretary:  August 30, 2013

FACT SHEET: The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners

President Obama hosted Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, along with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, for a meeting at the White House on August 30.  The visit underscored the close ties between the United States and the Baltic states, which are grounded in our shared values, ideals, and interests.  The leaders highlighted ongoing cooperation in the following areas:

Defense and Security Cooperation:

Diplomatic Cooperation and Global Development:

Economic, Energy, and Environmental Cooperation:

Educational and Cultural Ties:

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