Nations in the Grove: L - Z

A list of countries from L-Z, whose heads of state, both previous and present, have planted an olive tree on behalf of their country in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Latvia: President Vaira Vike Freiberga

Latvia: President Vaira Vike Freiberga

The President of Latvia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on February 21, 2006.

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Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in West Africa planted a tree in Jerusalem, in the Grove of Nations, at a ceremony held on June 6, 2016.

Lithuania: Prime Minister Dr. Algirdas Butkevicius

Lithuania: Prime Minister Dr. Algirdas Butkevicius

Lithuanian PM Dr. Algirdas Butkevicius planted an olive tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem several days Rosh HaShana in September 2015. He was the 75th head of state to plant a tree there.

Lithuania: Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius

Lithuania: Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius

Emphasizing the strong historical bonds between Lithuania, Israel and the Jewish people, the Prime Minister of Lithuania, Mr. Andrius Kubilius, said that his first visit to Israel was a “very emotional moment” as he prepared to plant a tree in KKL-JNF's Grove of Nations.

Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaitė

Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaitė

On Sunday, October 19 2015, H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, planted an olive tree at the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Macedonia: President Gjorgje Ivanov

Macedonia: President Gjorgje Ivanov

Earlier in the day, in a separate ceremony, also highly charged with emotion, the President of Macedonia, Gjorgje Ivanov, and his wife had planted an olive sapling in the Grove of Nations overlooking Mount Herzl.

Macedonia: Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski

Macedonia: Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski

The Prime Minister of Macedonia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on December 13, 2005.

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Macedonia: Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

Macedonia: Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

The Prime Minister of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski plants an olive tree in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Malta: Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat

Malta: Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat

The Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Joseph Muscat Plants a Tree in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem Forest.

Marshall Islands: President Kessai Note

Marshall Islands: President Kessai Note

The President of the Marshall Islands planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on November 28, 2005.

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Micronesia: President Joseph J. Urusemal

Micronesia: President Joseph J. Urusemal

The President of Micronesia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on June 22, 2005.

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Micronesia: President Emanuel Mori

Micronesia: President Emanuel Mori

The presidents of two small friendly nations visited Israel for the first time, and planted a tree in the Grove of Nations: President Emanuel Mori of Micronesia and President Marcus Stephen of Nauru.

Moldova: Prime Minister Vladimir Filat

Moldova: Prime Minister Vladimir Filat

“It’s said that to safeguard our future, we have to remember our past,” said Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, as he planted an olive tree in a ceremony held at the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Monaco: Prince Albert II

Monaco: Prince Albert II

Emphasizing the close ties which link his country with Israel, Prince Albert II of Monaco plants an olive tree in the Jerusalem Forest's Grove of Nations.

Montenegro: Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic

Montenegro: Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic

Montenegro Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic planted an olive tree sapling in the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in the Jerusalem Forest.

Nauru: President Marcus Stephen

Nauru: President Marcus Stephen

The presidents of two small friendly nations visited Israel for the first time: President Emanuel Mori of Micronesia and President Marcus Stephen of Nauru, who both planted trees in the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.

Norway: Prime Minister Kajell Magne Bondevik

Norway: Prime Minister Kajell Magne Bondevik

The Prime Minister of Norway planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on February 14, 2005.

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Palau: President Tommy Remengesau

Palau: President Tommy Remengesau

The President of Palau planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on June 28, 2006.

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Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli

Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli

"KKL-JNF, through all its diverse activities, makes us understand what we are doing wrong in terms of protecting nature and the environment.  I would like to congratulate KKL-JNF for turning the state of Israel into a better place to live.”

Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli Returns

Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli Returns

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal returned for a spontaneous visit to the olive tree he planted in the Grove of Nations in March 2010. The tree has grown well, and the touching reunion was celebrated with smiles.
 

Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

Papua New Guinea: Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O’Neill at the plants an olive tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations.

Paraguay: President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara

Paraguay: President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara

Making the first state visit by a president of Paraguay to Israel, President of Paraguay H.E. Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara planted an olive tree at KKL-JNF’s Grove of Nations on July 18, 2016.

Peru: President Alejandro Toledo Manrique

Peru: President Alejandro Toledo Manrique

The President of Peru planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on May 26, 2005.

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Peru: President Ollanta Humala Tasso

Peru: President Ollanta Humala Tasso

“This is just one tree among millions, but it represents over thirty million citizens of Peru.”

Poland: President Lech Kaczynski

Poland: President Lech Kaczynski

The President of Poland planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on September 12, 2006.

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Romania: President Traian Basescu

Romania: President Traian Basescu

Romanian President Traian Basescu planted an olive tree in Grove of the Nations in the Jerusalem Forest. "The olive tree is a symbol of peace, and its planting symbolizes our faith in peace and fraternity among nations," he declared.

Serbia: President Boris Tadic

Serbia: President Boris Tadic

The President of Serbia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on November 8, 2005.

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Serbia: Prresident Tomislav Nikolić

Serbia: Prresident Tomislav Nikolić

The President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić planted an olive tree at a ceremony held in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations on April 29th, 2013.

Serbia: Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic

Serbia: Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic

The Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksander Vucic planted a tree in the Grove of Nations in December, 2014.

Slovakia: Prime Minister Robert Fico

Slovakia: Prime Minister Robert Fico

The Prime Minister of Slovakia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on March 20, 2007.

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Slovenia: President Janez Drnovsek

Slovenia: President Janez Drnovsek

The President of Slovenia planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on March 7, 2006.

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Slovenia: Prime Minister Borut Pahor

Slovenia: Prime Minister Borut Pahor

"Planting an olive tree is a symbolic gesture that represents our striving for peace as well as the promise that the Jewish people will never again undergo the horrors that it has suffered," said Borut Pahor, the Prime Minister of Slovenia. 

Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapaksan

Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapaksan

“Trees represent life, growth and change, just like the relationship between our two countries.”

Swaziland: Prime Minister Dr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini

Swaziland: Prime Minister Dr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini

“Israel is a good friend of our country, and we cooperate in many fields,” said Dr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, the Prime Minister of Swaziland, during an olive tree planting ceremony at the Grove of the Nations in Jerusalem in December 2016.

Togo: President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé.

Togo: President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé.

“The tree I planted today in Jerusalem represents the good relations between our countries and our shared desire to build a better world together,” - President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé of the Tongolese Republic

Togo: Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Togo: Prime Minister Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Prime Minister of Togo Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo returned to his former profession as an agriculturist for a few minutes when he planted a small olive tree in the Grove of Nations, located close to Mount Herzl and the Yad Vashem Museum.

Tonga: King George Tupou

Tonga: King George Tupou

The King of Tonga planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on September 7, 2009.

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Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Patrick Manning

Trinidad & Tobago: Prime Minister Patrick Manning

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago planted a tree in the Grove of Nations on November 22, 2005.

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Turkey: President Ahmed Nasdat Cesar

Turkey: President Ahmed Nasdat Cesar

The President of Turkey, Mr. Ahmed Nasdat Cesar planted an olive tree in the Grove of the Nations Forest in Jerusalem on June 2006.

Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, who planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations on Tuesday, December 22, is the 81st head of state to have planted a tree there.

Ukraine: President Victor Yanukovych

Ukraine:  President Victor Yanukovych

On December 1st, under great security, the President of the Ukraine Victor Yanukovych planted an olive tree in the Grove of Nations, on Jerusalem's Mt. Hertzel.

United Nations: Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

United Nations: Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

"I hope that this young tree I have planted today will be a symbol of the efforts underway to minimize the ecological damage caused by greenhouse gases.”