WASHINGTON--Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is in Lithuania Wednesday for meetings timed to the 20th anniversary of its declaration of independence, an aide said.
Durbin, the assistant Senate majority leader, is the top ranking Lithuanian-American in the U.S. government, his spokesman Max Gleischman said.
Durbin’s mother was born in Jurbarkas, Lithuania, and immigrated to the U.S. as a child, the spokesman said. The senator has maintained strong ties to the country, visiting many times, he said.
The senator will mark the anniversary of Lithuania’s 1990 declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. Its independence was recognized by the Soviet Union in 1991.
On tap: Durbin will meet with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius and the speaker of its parliament, Irena Degutiene.
Durbin is to address the Lithuanian parliament Thursday and return to the U.S. Saturday, Gleischman said.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times