Netanyahu heads to Lithuania for three-day trip

During his stay, Netanyahu will participate in a memorial ceremony for Jewish Holocaust victims, an award ceremony for the Righteous Among the Nations, and additional events.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 24, 2018 11:37
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting, June 17, 2018.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting, June 17, 2018.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew Thursday to Lithuania for a three-day trip to hold bilateral diplomatic meetings with the heads of the Baltic states, who also arrived in the European country.

Netanyahu met with the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite at the presidential palace in Vilnius, Lithuania.

"I have to tell you that this visit is not a regular visit for me, it is full of historical significance, both in terms of the history of the Jews here in Lithuania and in terms of my personal and family history," said Netanyahu at the start of the meeting.

During his stay, Netanyahu will participate in a memorial ceremony for Jewish Holocaust victims, an award ceremony for the Righteous Among the Nations, and additional events.

He will return to Israel on Sunday.

In September, 2017, Lithuania's foreign minister paid a two-day visit to Israel and met with Netanyahu.

During their meeting, the two spoke positively about the countries' relations.

Lithuania has been a staunch diplomatic ally
for Israel in the past, particularly at the UN and within the EU.


Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.



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