L. Linkevičius and Israeli Foreign Minister agree to strengthen bilateral relations
/ Updated: 2020.07.31 09:02
On 30 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi. This was their first conversation since G. Ashkenazi’s appointment as the Israeli Foreign Minister.
"Lithuania and Israel enjoy special historical and cultural ties. We speak in favor of even closer ties with Israel, as well as better dialogue between Israel and the European Union," said L. Linkevičius. As regards Lithuania and Israel’s shared history, L. Linkevičius presented the event plan for the commemoration of the Year of the Vilna Gaon and invited his counterpart to visit Lithuania as soon as the health situation allowed it.
The Foreign Ministers discussed topical issues of bilateral relations, stressed their mutual interest in strengthening bilateral ties, as well as in developing political and economic cooperation, especially in the field of life sciences.
The interlocutors also discussed the impact of the pandemic on and measures taken by the countries in the context of COVID-19. The Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in the Middle East and the state of the peace process. The Israeli Foreign Minister noted that Israel felt responsible for the stability of the region and would aim at maintaining good neighborly relations and resuming direct negotiations with Palestine. L. Linkevičius highlighted the need to refrain from unilateral actions. According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, a negotiated two-state solution is the only option for sustainable peace in the region.