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President Dalia Grybauskaitė is the first Lithuanian president to visit Palestine

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: LTgov}








Tuesday, October 20, Ramallah – President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is the first Lithuanian president to visit Palestine, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting focused on discussing the security situation in the MiddleEast.

Lithuania, just like the whole international community, calls on both parties to take immediate action to avoid provocations and violence and search for new ways to restart peace talks.

According to the President, the international community must also engage in the Middle East peace process. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Lithuania stands ready to help Palestine and Israel to resume political dialogue and constructive talks as this is the only way to achieve lasting peace and stability in the region as well as ensure a secure life for the people.

“To be indifferent to violence and aggression means to justify them. We are all responsible for peace in the world and for the security of our people,” the President said.

Lithuania is already providing concrete support to strengthen democracy, civil society and NGOs in Palestine and contributes to reinforcing its administrative capacity. Our country delivers humanitarian aid to Palestine through UN agencies and special EU programs.

Lithuania contributes most to the treatment of children and adolescents and to improving the situation of women. According to the President, our country is ready to continue lending humanitarian assistance to Palestine.

Among the other issues discussed at the meeting was bilateral cooperation. The President noted that Lithuania was open to opportunities to develop bilateral dialogue with Palestine. We see a great potential for stronger bilateral relations, in particular in such areas as economy, education and culture.

Lithuanian enterprises producing furniture, food and chemical products are interested in exporting their goods to Palestine. The first contacts between our education institutions are also being established. We could step up our cooperation in culture and tourism, too.

Ties with Palestine are developed through various cultural events, journalist exchange programs and pilgrimage tourism. Lithuania is also interested in student exchange. Palestinian students may already, through the Erasmus+ program, choose courses to study at Lithuanian higher schools.

A cooperation agreement between Vilnius University and Bethlehem University should be signed by the end of this year.


[photo credits-featured image: “Qumran” by Effi Schweizer – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –]



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