Lithuanian PM to Post: Vilnius one of Israel’s ‘strongest partners’ in EU

Lithuania has been and remains Israel’s “voice” in the international arena, the Baltic state’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday on the final day of a two day visit.

Lithuania is currently toward the end of its two-year stint on the UN Security Council, and Butkevičius said that during this period the “security of Israel” was one of Vilnius’ main priorities.

Lithuania supported Israel on a number of key votes on the Security Council and in the UN over the last year, including abstaining – rather than voting for the Palestinians as did France and Luxembourg, two other EU states — when the PA failed to gain the support of nine states needed to pass a Security Council resolution dictating a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.


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