On 13-14 February the delegation of Local Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania represented by Director R.Zakaitiene, Mayor of Druskininkai R. Malinauskas, Deputy Mayor of Vilnius E.Tamošiūnaitė Mayor of Birstonas N. Dirginciene and Mayor of Akmene V. Mitrofanovas visited Israel.
Lithuanian Jews helped build the country, and their legacy remains an integral part of Lithuanian history.
Good meeting with PhD Carol Hoffman, LitvakSIG President (https://www.litvaksig.org/): discussed memorialization of the Lithuanian Jewish heritage.
Good meeting with Hon. Paul Packer, Chairman United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad: discussed memorialization of the Lithuanian Jewish heritage.
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ambassador Edminas Bagdonas together with the EU ambassadors at the invitation of Head of the EU Delegation ambassador Emanuele Giaufret took part at the lecture of Prof.Haim Saadoun about Cinematic portrayalsof the Holocaust and their influence on Holocaust denial and a screening of selected scenes from the films Casablanka (USA, 1942) and Allied (USA, 2016).
The Government meeting has approved the definition of antisemitism as endorsed by the session of the International Alliance of Holocaust Remembrance on 26 May 2016 in Bucharest. All the public authorities are recommended to take this definition into account in their work.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas participated at the celebration of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. During the event exhibition about Chiune Sugihara „Walk of Humanitarianism“ was presented. The heroism of Sugihara was mentioned in the congratulations speech to the participants by Minister of Justice A.Shaked. Chiune Sugihara saved thousands of lives of the European Jews in Lithuania.
In order to mark upcoming Human Rights Day ambassador Edminas Bagdonas participated in a number of events. On December 7th together with the EU ambassadors he visited Bialik-Rogozin school. The school is funded by the municipality and various donors. Most of the students are from underprivileged families, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. The school main objective is to provide these underprivileged students with opportunity to develop their potential. Ambassadors met with leadership, teachers and children of the school.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas at The Jerusalem Post (TJP) Diplomatic Conference together with current and former TJP Editors-in-Chief Yaakov Katz and Steve Linde as well as ambassadors from Slovakia and Latvia.
Moments from the Speaker of Knesset Y-Y.Edelstein visit to Lithuania
On 2 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The two Foreign Ministers watched a basketball match between Lithuania and Israel.
“Lithuania and Israel enjoy their intensive bilateral cooperation in the field of defence. We are fully aware of Israel’s leadership in cyber security, thus we wish to practically share expertise and organize some joint training,” said Linkevičius.
Annual political consultations between Lithuania and Israel's Foreign Ministries took place in Vilnius on June 19, during which the issues of bilateral cooperation and international issues were discussed. The Lithuanian delegation headed by Eduardas Borisovas, Director of the Department of Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Oceania of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Delegation of Israel headed by Rodica Radian-Gordon, Deputy Director General of the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel.
Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas together with colleagues from the EU Delegation, France, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Greece, Czech Republic and Finland took part at the event devoted to Europe Day. Ambassadors participated at the round table discussion „25 Years after Maastricht : Unique Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union“.
Ambassador E.Bagdonas took part in the Holocaust Commemoration Event organized by America Jewish Committee (AJC).