On 5-6 August Giedrius Surplys, Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania accompanied by the high ranking business delegation visited Israel at the official invitation of Uri Yehuda Ariel, Minister of Agriculture of Isreal.
During the meeting, two Ministers discussed future cooperation perspectives between our countries in the agricultural sector.
A primary focus was a dairy sector. Minister G.Surplys had a roundtable discussion with representatives from "The Israeli Dairy Board" visited the biggest farm "Hof Hasharon Dairy" and leading dairy producer "Tara Dairies".
This annual event has already become a beautiful tradition, where the representatives of Lithuanian Embassy in Israel meet Lithuanian educators taking part in Yad Vashem seminar. On the 30th of July, Lithuanian diplomat, Minister Counsellor, Ramunas Davidonis, has met the group of teachers and had a chance to talk and share some thoughts among.
On July 12th, the ambassador Edminas Bagdonas met with Neta Briskin-Peleg, the director of “Nativ” organization, together they had meaningful conversation about Jews, who live abroad and also in Lithuania. The “Nativ” organization is an independent administrative unit at the Prime Minister's Office. “Nativ” operates among Jews and their families throughout the Post-Soviet countries in order to tighten their ties with the State of Israel and broaden their knowledge about Israeli achievements, culture and heritage.
On July 10th the ambassador Edminas Bagdonas attended official dinner of the Knesset Conference for Chairs of Parliamentary Friendship Groups hosted by the Knesset. During the social event hosted by speaker of the Kneset Yuli Yoel Edelstein the ambassador met with the chairs of the parliamentary friendship groups, professional panels and senior dignitaries. Lithuanian parliament member Emanuelis Zingeris and director of Northern Europe (Israel) Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel Ophir Kariv also attended the event.
On June 28 the city of Tel Aviv was taken over by its annual celebration White Night. Each year it attracts thousands of people to the streets, where they can enjoy various events, exhibitions, concerts and street performances. One of these events - a special European initiative “Performance Europa”.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas participated at Israeli Palestinian cuisine event organized by Shimon Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and USAID.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas met with ambassador Dan Haezrachy, Special Envoy for Holocaust Era Restitution and Dr Avraham Weber, advisor to Minister of Social Equality.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas took part at 5th World Jewish Congress National Community Directors Forum dedicated to 70 years anniversary of Israel.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas took part at the conference „Crisis, Conflict and Critical Diplomacy: EU Perceptions and Naratives in Israel and Palestine“ organized by World Jewish Congress/Israel Council for Foreign Relations. Representative from Mykolas Riomeris university, doc.dr. Virgis Valentinavičius delivered presentation at the event.
Nevzlin Family foundation contributed to the exposition of “Beatles: Magic Tour“. During the event ambassador met with Leonid Nevzlin and Silwan Shalom.
Minister of Interior Affairs Mr Eimutis Misevičius June 12-15 payed visit to the State of Israel. Minister met with Mr Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security of Israel.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas participated at American Jewish Committee Global Forum. He briefed audiance about bilateral Lithuanian-Israeli agenda as well as about steps taken by the Lithuanian Government to preserve the Lithuanian Jewish heritage.