Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson participated in an event dedicated to the 20th anniersary of the Baltic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he acknowledged its members for their support of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
"Since its founding in 1997, the House Baltic Caucus has been a steadfast representative of the interests of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the House of Representatives and among the American public," Mihkelson said according to a Riigikogu press release.
"The activities of the members of the Caucus in supporting the Baltic states on their way to NATO membership were of special significance," he noted. "The congressmen have also played an important role in introducing visa freedom between the U.S. and the Baltic states, and contributed to raising awareness of Black Ribbon Day, or the day of remembrance for the victims of Communist and Nazi regimes."
Mihkelson emphasized that the world was full of threats which would not allow for the Baltic countries to rest on their laurels, which is why the strong support of the members of the Baltic Caucus remained invaluable to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The House Baltic Caucus was established in 1997. The Caucus, which has nearly 70 members, is currently led by Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Editor: Aili Vahtla