Cancellation of the Archimedes Project Meeting in Cairo

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
January 22, 2001

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the decision of the Egyptian Chamber of Commerce to prevent the participation of Israeli representatives in the annual Euro-Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce forum. The forum was due to take place this week in Cairo, within the framework of the Archimedes Project, which is associated with the Economics Basket of the Barcelona Process.

Following a Foreign Ministry appeal to the Secretariat of the Association of the European Chambers of Commerce (Eurochambers), a decision was taken to cancel the Cairo meeting, and to reschedule it for a later date at a different location. The decision was taken in coordination with the EU Commission.

The refusal of the Egyptian Chamber of Commerce to accept Israeli representatives contravenes the normalization agreements between Israel and Egypt, and is incompatible with the principles adopted by the Barcelona Process member-states. The Euro-Mediterranean partnership requires the participation of all members in all the activities taking place within the framework of the process, while avoiding politicization.