President Michael D Higgins has called for smaller European countries to work together to ensure their place at the heart of the EU.

He was speaking on an official visit to Lithuania as it celebrates the centenary of its independence. 

The visit will focus on bilateral relations between both countries as Ireland looks to build new alliances across Europe in light of Brexit.

The Lithuanian community is the third largest group in Ireland and the visit has prompted the signing of cooperation agreements with Irish third-level institutions.

President Higgins has meet his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite and laid a wreath at the Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius.

He will later meet members of the Irish community in Lithuania before attending an official dinner later tonight.

President Higgins spent yesterday in Latvia where he met President Raimonds Vejonis in Riga.

Mr Higgins also laid flowers at Riga's freedom monument and donated a collection of Irish history books to the Latvian national library. 

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