| First Gathering of MASHAV Alumni in Jordan|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry)
On June 23, 1998 Jordanian alumni of MASHAV training programs gathered together for the first time at the Israeli embassy in Amman. The event was attended by about 100 Jordanians from all over the Kingdom, representing a wide variety of areas of specialization. They were joined by visitors from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The evening program included greetings from the Israeli ambassador, Dr. Oded Eran, and the director of MASHAV’s external relations department. Greetings were also extended by three Jordanian alumni, including a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture.
In his remarks, the Ambassador noted that MASHAV alumni give expression to the spirit of peace, and constitute a human bridge between the two peoples, through which technological innovations and know-how are transferred. This, he noted, is the essence of MASHAV’s cooperative activities.
The alumni representatives expressed their gratitude for having been afforded the opportunity to participate in MASHAV courses in Israel, and stressed the fact that they are able to apply the technical and professional skills gained in their own country. In addition they cited the importance of meeting with Israelis, so that they could have a better chance to get to know their neighbors and hosts.
The event was characterized by the great warmth of the alumni toward their embassy hosts, and their excitement at the reunion with their fellow course participants and MASHAV colleagues. Statements in praise of the cooperative efforts between Jordan and Israel, as well as the warm ovation received by the ambassador and the other speakers, were an expression of the sincere desire for the promotion of peace.
Israel Ambassador to Jordan, Dr. Oded Eran, greeting the MASHAV alumni, at a gathering held in the Israeli Embassy in Amman, June 23, 1998.
Alumni of the Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jordan, June 23 1998.
Representatives of the Israel Foreign Ministry with MASHAV graduates in Jordan, June 23, 1998.