Lithuania will not compromise the interests of its citizens for the sake of better relations with Israel, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has said after a Lithuanian national was detained in a Tel Aviv airport.
Linas Linkevičius
© DELFI / Mindaugas Ažušilis

"There will be no exceptions here. The interests of our citizens are our priority and we will always defend them where there are grounds for doing so," he told BNS on Monday.

Gabrielė Tervidytė, a Lithuanian citizen, was deported from Israel as a threat to national security and returned to Vilnius on Monday. She said that she had been denied entry to Israel due to her work on projects in Palestine with non-governmental organizations.

Linkevičius told BNS that he could not say "who is right in this situation" yet.

"This is a very sensitive issue, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so deep, painful and bloody that I can't say who's in the right here," he sad.

According to the minister, Lithuanian diplomats plan to contact Israel's authorities to find out the reasons for the Lithuanian citizen's deportation, but not necessarily through a diplomatic note.

Tervidytė told BNS on her return to Vilnius she had been working with NGOs on projects in Palestine for the last several years. She added that some of these projects were financed by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tervidytė was detained at the David Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv last Wednesday. She was banned from entering Israel unless individually authorized by the country's Interior Ministry.

Lithuania is one of the strongest supporters of Israel in the European Union and usually does not back Palestinian initiatives at the United Nations.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
Commenting is allowed for registered users only!
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Pope Francis calls on Lithuania to become "bridge between Eastern and Western Europe"

Pope Francis , who arrived in Vilnius on Saturday, called on Lithuanians to be open and compassionate...

Pope Francis arrived in Lithuania for historic visit

Pope Francis has landed in Lithuania on Saturday at the start of his four-day Baltic tour during...

Lithuanian president to present Pope Francis with Freedom Bell

President Dalia Grybauskaitė will on Saturday present Pope Francis with a smaller replica of the...

World awaits if pope touches upon sexual abuse scandal during Lithuanian visit

The world will have its eyes set on the pope visiting Lithuania this weekend to see if he will touch...

Pope Francis plans to honor freedom fight victims, provide hope

Pope Francis says he will pay respect to freedom fight victims during his upcoming visit to the...