Former President Shimon Peres has been awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Merit of Lithuania in recognition of his contribution to the Middle East Peace Process as well as his contribution to the strengthening of relations between Lithuania and Israel.
The award was announced in Vilnius on Tuesday night by Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybuskaite at Lithuania’s National Day reception.
The medal signifying the award was scheduled to be presented to Peres on Wednesday night in Israel at a reception hosted by Lithuanian Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas, but Peres was unable to attend. A spokeswoman for Peres said that the presentation ceremony would take place in a few days time at more intimate event.
Lithuania opened an embassy in Israel soon after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992, but Israel did not open an embassy in Lithuania until March, 2015. Israel’s ambassador to Lithuania is Amir Maimon.