The deputy foreign minister will discuss strategic and political issues and take part in Holocaust Day ceremonies.
Communicated by Deputy Foreign MInister’s Bureau
On Friday, 29 April, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will begin a tour of the Baltic States – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – where he will hold political-strategic dialogues. He will also attend events marking Holocaust Day and a ceremony commemorating those who lost their lives during World War II in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
During the visits, DFM Ayalon will head bilateral dialogues with Lithuanian PM Andrius Kubilius and FM Audronius Azubalis; Estonian FM Mr Paet and Assistant Secretary of State Sulev Kannike; Latvian FM Mr Kristovskis and Defense Minister Artis Pubrix, as well as parliamentary leaders and other senior officials in the three states.
DFM Ayalon will discuss strategic changes in the Middle East and their ramifications, and warn against Iranian subversion, support of terrorism and aspirations to achieve nuclear arms. He will also explain to his dialogue partners the dangers inherent in the PA’s unilateral moves. Also to be discussed are ways to enhance economic ties between Israel and the Baltic States and the promotion of business partnerships. In this connection, Ayalon will dedicate the honorary consulate and the Lithuanian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, both of which will open during Ayalon’s visit to the Lithuanian capital of Vilna.
Deputy FM Ayalon will speak at the Holocaust Day ceremony at Ponary, which was an extermination site on the outskirts of Vilna where the Nazis and their helpers murdered more than 70 thousand Jews. The ceremony will be attended by the prime minister of Lithuania, senior officials of the government and the Vilna municipality, Jewish community leaders and a delegation from the Association of Vilna Jews in Israel, which is coming especially from Israel to take part in the ceremony. DFM Ayalon will bestow a number of Righteous Among the Nations awards at a special ceremony that will take place at the Center for Tolerance of the Vilna Jewish Museum.
Throughout the tour, Ayalon will meet with leaders of the Jewish communities and Jewish organizations in the various states. He will also participate in a number of events celebrating Israeli Independence Day.