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Minister and Ambassador of Israel: we shall seek to sign the agreement

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2015 02 20

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Minister and Ambassador of Israel: we shall seek to sign the agreement
Minister and Ambassador of Israel: we shall seek to sign the agreement

Today the Minister of the Interior Saulius Skvernelis and the Ambassador of Israel to Lithuania Amir Maimon agreed to seek signing the agreement on co-operation in the area of public security between the institutions of both countries this year.

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Greeting the Ambassador, the Minister expressed hope that a new stage of bilateral Lithuanian–Israeli contacts will start. “It is very important for us to cooperate with the colleagues in Israel being aware of their skills and experience in the fight against crime, terrorism and extremism, also – carrying out terrorism prevention. I would like to mention that we condemn attacks against Jewish communities in Belgium, Denmark and France. In a joint effort, we must ensure nothing similar could happen in our country”, – S. Skvernelis stated. 

Ambassador A. Maimon handed the Minister a draft agreement which provides for possible areas of bilateral cooperation: fight against organized crime, trafficking in human beings, money laundering, cyber crimes, protection of critical infrastructure, ensuring public order during mass events, crime prevention, management of emergencies, witness protection, etc.

The Ambassador expressed hope that the Agreement could be signed even this year. “A hope it would be a signal to the international community, both to Lithuania and Israel, that we are sincerely seeking to strengthen our relations”, – underlined the Ambassador. 

The head of the Ministry of the Interior urged to take actions and strive for final results at a maximum speed. The Ambassador A. Maimon suggested the Agreement could be signed during the visit of the delegation headed by the Minister to Israel.

Minister S. Skvernelis and Deputy Director of MoI International Cooperation Department L. Poliakaitė during the meeting with the Ambassador of Israel A. Maimon   Ambassador of Israel to Lithuania A. Maimon and Deputy Head of Mission Y. Gidron during the meeting at the Ministry of the Interior
 Minister S. Skvernelis and Deputy Director of MoI International Cooperation Department L. Poliakaitė during the meeting with the Ambassador of Israel A. Maimon
 
Ambassador of Israel to Lithuania A. Maimon and Deputy Head of Mission Y. Gidron during the meeting at the Ministry of the Interior