FM Livni met earlier today with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yaradua and President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos. Later today she will also address the Forum on the issues of terror and negotiation after Annapolis, and threats in the Middle East.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni, currently participating in the World Economic Forum in Davos, met this morning (Thursday, 24 January 2008), with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, together with President Shimon Peres. She also met with the President of Nigeria Umaru Musa Yaradua and with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. 

In her meeting with the Nigerian president, she requested his assistance in promoting relations between Israel and a group of African states. "The improving relationship between Israel and Nigeria should be expressed in a pan-African dialogue directly and in the international institutions". The two agreed on a bilateral assessment of the possible expansion of Israeli-Nigerian cooperation.

In her meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, the two praised the strengthening relations between the two countries based on a mutual understanding of regional dangers and threats. FM Livni and President Aliyev also discussed the issue of the Iranian regime, with which Azerbaijan has a common border. FM Livni stated that "The understanding of the threat emanating from Iran must be expressed in the actions of all states who perceive the threat and its consequences".

Later today, FM Livni will address the World Economic Forum on the issues of terror and negotiation after Annapolis, and threats in the Middle East.