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Remarks With Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas Before Their Meeting

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
July 2, 2008

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Secretary 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.

PRIME MINISTER KIRKILAS: Yes.

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.

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Released on July 2, 2008

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