aA
Lithuania wants closer ties with Israel but also calls on Israel to stop the expansion of Jewish settlements and disproportionate use of force in the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© Robertas Dačkus

Such a position was expressed by the presidential office after the Lithuanian president's meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.

"Lithuania is interested in strengthening close political and economic ties with Israel, one of the most innovative and advanced countries in the world," the statement reads.

The presidential office also underlined that Lithuania is "a strong supporter of dialogue between Israel and the European Union", criticizing, however, Israel over the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and violence in the Gaza Strip.

"The settlements in the West Bank continue to expand, (…) violating international law and undermining efforts to secure peace. The European Union condemns such expansion," the presidential office said.

"The international community calls on both side to stop violence in the Gaza Strip, respect the right to peaceful demonstrations, refrain from the use of disproportionate force and comply with international humanitarian law," the statement said.

The Lithuanian presidential office reiterated its position, stating that the Jerusalem issue must be resolved through talks on the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Residents ordered to wear facemasks in public flouters face fines

It will be mandatory to wear facemasks in public in Lithuania as of Friday, the country's government...

Government decided: two more weeks of quarantine

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday extended the existing quarantine for another two weeks but...

4th week of quarantine: 912 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday morning Lithuania has already recorded 912 coronavirus cases since the start of the...

Lithuania to take part in “solidarity” clinical trial for COVID-19 treatments

Lithuania is joining an international clinical trial launched by the World Health Oranization (WHO)...

Parliament backs Jauniskis' appointment as SSD chief for 2nd term (2)

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday backed the appointment of Darius Jauniskis as director of the...

Top news

Government decided: two more weeks of quarantine

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday extended the existing quarantine for another two weeks but...

Residents ordered to wear facemasks in public flouters face fines

It will be mandatory to wear facemasks in public in Lithuania as of Friday, the country's government...

4th week of quarantine: 912 coronavirus cases in Lithuania

On Wednesday morning Lithuania has already recorded 912 coronavirus cases since the start of the...

Korean in Vilnius: sometimes I feel I’m contained in jar of sardines

It was not an easy two weeks for Lithuanians forced to spend time inside their homes and apartments...

Latakas wins competition for Klaipeda Port CEO

Algis Latakas , former production director at Klaipedos Juru Kroviniu Kompanija (Klaipeda Stevedoring...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina