Foreign Minister denies citizenship law rumours

Užsienio reikalų ministras A. Ažubalis
Užsienio reikalų ministras A. Ažubalis
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Lithuania's Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis issued a statement saying that any comments he may have made about Jewish issues and the citizenship law have been misrepresented.

"Since the beginning of his political career, he [Azubalis] has always spoken for historical justice with respect to the Lithuanian nation that had suffered the occupation and to all the other nations, which had suffered atrocities under the Communist and Nazi totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, including the Jewish nation," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

"The Foreign Minister has always supported, supports, and will support the restoration of historical justice, and, specifically, the suggestions by the Government of Lithuania regarding the restitution to the Jewish community of its property seized by the occupying regimes."

"Foreign Minister Azubalis notes that the news reports published on 14 October with the Minister’s claims that allegedly a certain national group was interested to change the Law on Citizenship is based on hearsay, and the public opinion poll conducted by the news portal that interprets the hearsay is misleading and incorrect," the statement read.

Changes to the Citizenship law of Lithuania are a hot topic currently in Lithuania with many members of the Lithuanian diaspora across the world wanting dual citizenship with the country of their forefathers.