July 18, 2006
contact: Karl Altau (tel. 301-340-1954)
Washington, DC (JBANC) --- On July 12, at the invitation of the State Department, members of JBANC met with John A. Cloud, who will be sworn in at the State Department on Tuesday, July 18, as the new Ambassador to Lithuania.
The purpose of the meeting was to acquaint Mr. Cloud with the work of JBANC and to discuss with him a broad range of issues of interest to Baltic-Americans, especially the Lithuanian-American community. These issues include concerns about the fate of democracy in Russia and Moscow’s increasing interference in the internal affairs of its neighbors, especially through its use of energy supplies as a weapon of coercion; Russia’s unwillingness to come to terms with its Soviet past, including admitting that the Soviet occupation of the Baltic countries was illegal; JBANC’s efforts to remember and memorialize the victims of communism through its support of the work of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and other projects; the visa waiver issue; and the need for more people-to-people exchanges, particularly for young people who do not remember the Cold War and the ravages of communism.
Mr. Cloud has been a distinguished diplomat for 28 years, primarily serving in Europe. He has served two tours in Poland and two in Germany, most recently as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. He was also the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels (1999-2001) and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs on the National Security staff from 2001-2003. He received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1975 and a Master’s in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1977. He is married and has two children.
Mr. Cloud was nominated by President Bush to the post of Ambassador to Lithuania on April 6. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on May 26.
We wish him luck in his new position.
[Pictured with Ambassador John A. Cloud (center) are JBANC's Janis Bolsteins, Inga Lukaviciute, Ramunas Kondratas, Karl Altau]
Octobr 17, 2008 - President Bush Discusses the Visa Waiver Program
Office of the Press Secretary/
White House News
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated, thank you. Welcome to the White House. I'm pleased to stand with the representatives of seven countries -- the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and South Korea -- that have met the requirements to be admitted to the United States Visa Waiver Program. Soon the citizens of these nations will be able to travel to the United States for business or tourism without a visa. I congratulate these close friends and allies on this achievement, and I thank you for joining us here.
I also thank Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of the Homeland -- Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff for working hard to make sure this day has finally arrived. Appreciate other members of the administration here and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
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