Prime Minister: Sugihara issued visas for life

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2018 10 11

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Today Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who is on a visit to Japan, has met with Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui, paid a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima University and the new Sugihara Memorial.

‘Having arrived here, we want to show that we stand in solidarity with Hiroshima. Your tragedy cannot leave anyone indifferent; it is a warning to the humanity that it is vital to take all measures to prevent it from happening ever again. Let me assure you that Lithuania has always stood and will continue to stand for the aspirations of peace and stability’, said the Prime Minister. 

The Prime Minister has also paid tribute to the victims of atomic bombing and has laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

Later on, the Head of Government paid a visit to Hiroshima University to deliver a lecture about Lithuania to professors, researchers and students.

The Prime Minister has devoted special attention to the complicated and tumultuous history of Lithuania and the fundamental principles of its foreign policy. ‘The rule of law, multilateralism and free trade are the three major pillars of Lithuania’s foreign policy’, emphasized Prime Minister Skvernelis.      

The Prime Minister has discussed Lithuania’s relations with its neighbouring countries and the topic of Brexit. The Prime Minister has stressed that Lithuania’s aspiration is to do everything that after Brexit the United Kingdom maintains as close relations with the European Union as possible.      

The Prime Minister has noted that Lithuania supports Japan’s efforts to strengthen regional security and has underlined that in view of its economic and political potential, Japan should play a more prominent role in the United Nations system. The Head of Government has emphasized that Lithuania looks forward to the EU-Japan free trade agreement coming into force, which would mean far more opportunities for Lithuania to trade with Japan.           

A solemn ceremony was held after the lecture, during which an Honorary Doctorate degree of Hiroshima University was bestowed upon Saulius Skvernelis. President of Hiroshima University Mitsuo Ochi has presented the regalia to the Prime Minister.   

The Prime Minister has paid a visit to the nearly-completed Sugihara Memorial. ‘It is highly important that Lithuania and Japan jointly foster the memory of Sugihara. The feat of Sugihara is an example of tolerance, humanity and justice for future generations. It is a person who has issued visas for life’, said Prime Minister Skvernelis.