FM Liberman finds in Latvia, Finland and Lithuania an attentive ear and an understanding of Israel’s political needs, as well as a desire for economic cooperation.
(Communciated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met in Vilna with Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, Foreign Minister Aurdonius Ažubalis, Minister of Education and Science Gintaras Steponavičius, Minister of Transport and Communications Eligijus Masiulis, Minister of Economy Dainius Kreivys, Speaker of Seimas (Parliament) Irena Degutienė, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Head of the Lithuanian-Israeli Friendship Association Emanuelis Zingeris. He held other meetings as well.
This was the first visit of an Israeli foreign minister in Vilna, and Liberman’s hosts expressed their appreciation and the importance they assign to the visit. FM Liberman thanked his hosts for Lithuanian’s position in discussions and votes concerning Israel that take place in EU and UN institutions and spoke with them about strengthening the economic relations between the two states.
FM Liberman conveyed to PM Kubilius an invitation from PM Netanyahu to visit Israel. Liberman said at the meeting that Israel appreciates the efforts made by the Lithuanian government to find a solution to the issue of returning Jewish property seized by the Nazis. Liberman thanked FM Ažubalis for Lithuanian support last year at the IAEA General Conference in the vote concerning Israel’s nuclear capability and requested Lithuania’s support on the same issue this year.
FM Liberman and Minister of Transport and Communications Masiulis agreed to work towards establishing direct flights between Israel and Lithuania.
At the meeting between Liberman and Minister of Education and Science Steponavičius, the ministers discussed introducing Holocaust studies into the Lithuanian school curriculum. They also discussed cooperation in the field of high-tech.
FM Liberman met with Jewish community leaders and visited the grave of the Vilna Gaon.
FM Liberman concluded his visits in Latvia, Finland and Lithuania Thursday evening (8 July). He said that he found in all three states, all members of the EU, an attentive ear and an understanding of Israel’s political needs, as well as a desire for economic cooperation.