FM Liberman met with Latvian President Valdis Zatler, and attended the Latvian state ceremony commemorating the Holocaust.
(Communicated the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (Sunday, 4 July 2010) in Riga with Latvian President Valdis Zatlers. FM Liberman expressed Israel’s appreciation of the fair and balanced position that Latvia has taken with regard to Israel in the framework of the European Union.
FM Liberman stated that Israel is still struggling for its independence and survival. Latvia and other nations of the former Soviet Union, who gained independence not too many years ago, are in a better position to understand this than other European nations. FM Liberman and President Zatlers discussed additional Middle Eastern issues on the agenda, including Iran and Turkey.
FM Liberman stated that a good level of bilateral cooperation exists between the two nations, including in the political, economic and cultural spheres, and added that this cooperation should continue and be strengthened.
Previously, FM Liberman attended the Latvian state ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, and said that in many instances today, anti-Semitism takes the form of an anti-Israeli stance. We cannot accept this, and the lesson is that the Jewish people must always be prepared to defend themselves.
FM Liberman added that the best proof of Israel’s eternity is the existence of the State of Israel, which is the answer to those who wish to annihilate us. In his speech, Foreign Minister Liberman referred to the march of extreme right-wing elements held last week in Riga to commemorate the Nazi’s entrance to the city, and stated that manifestations of this nature, which take place in the Baltic countries and around the world, should not be tolerated.