Deputy FM Whbee participated in the Euro-Med conference in Athens. He also held discussions with the Jordanian, Egyptian, Moroccan, and Tunisian heads of parliament and other senior officials.
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, MK Majalli Whbee, has been chosen to chair the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Committee on Political Affairs, Security, and Human Rights. Deputy FM Whbee, who serves as chairman of the Israeli delegation to the Euro-Med Partnership, participated in the 4th plenary meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly which took place in Athens at the end of last week.
Deputy FM Whbee with Speaker of the People’s
Assembly of Egypt, Dr. Ahmed Fathi Sorour.
Within the framework of the discussions, Deputy FM Whbee met with the Chairman of the Greek Parliament, Dimitrius Siufas, and with the Speaker of the People’s Assembly of Egypt, Dr. Ahmed Fathi Sorour. The three discussed the situation in the Middle East and various options for strengthening the peace process. The Chairman of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Beri, leader of the Shi’ite Amal party was invited by Chairman Siufas to join the discussion, but he declined so as not to be seen with the Israeli delegate in public.
During the lengthy discussions in the plenum, Deputy FM Whbee, speaking in Arabic, averted attempts by the Syrian and Palestinian speakers to malign Israel. Upon hearing the response of Deputy FM Whbee, the senior members of the Palestinian and Syrian delegations demonstratively left the chamber.
Between plenary discussions, Deputy FM Whbee held meetings with the heads of the Jordanian, Egyptian, Moroccan, and Tunisian parliaments, who invited him to visit their respective countries to promote bilateral relations.