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Remarks with Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas before their meeting

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
July 2, 2008

View VideoSecretary Rice, right, shakes hands with Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas at the State Department.  AP Image.SECRETARY RICE: Welcome. Let me just say welcome. It’s great to have the Prime Minister of a great friend here.


SECRETARY RICE: And we have a lot that we do together and I look forward to talking about that today.


PRIME MINISTER KIRKILAS: Yes, of course. You know, before in my previous capacity as a Defense Minister, so, of course, I have many, many contacts and (inaudible). And it is time we made some very important decisions.

 First of all, PRT in Afghanistan, in Ghor province, which is, I believe, quite a successful mission for the (inaudible). Of course, it’s a huge responsibility for a small country. But in this time we must to take such decision because it was our first steps to the PRT enlargement in Afghanistan. And I believe that it was and still it is very important there to keep peace in this country. And we have today 120 of our soldiers, good relations local authorities; of course, some problem, which I would like to discuss with you. Because since you’re in a small country, of course, a — military mission very successful. But we need, of course, more financial support for the mission.

 SECRETARY RICE: Yes. And we will be talking about – we’ll let you all go now and thank you.

 MR. MCCORMACK: Thanks guys.

 QUESTION: Secretary Rice, first, how are your negotiations going with the Poles? Do you think you’re going to get a missile defense deal?

 SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. Thanks very much.

 MR. MCCORMACK: Good try.








Released on July 2, 2008

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