Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will leave this evening to address the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

 Deputy FM Ayalon to address OAS General Assembly


DFM Ayalon (MFA archive photo)

(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon)

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will leave this evening (Wednesday, 1 June 2011) to participate in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) and for an official visit to Mexico. This year’s summit of OAS member states will take place in El Salvador, with the participation of the leaders and foreign ministers of all Latin American countries. 

Deputy FM Ayalon will address the General Assembly on the opening day, and meet with the foreign ministers. In his speech and meetings, DFM Ayalon will warn of the consequences of a unilateral Palestinian move in September, and will clarify the meaning of the Fatah – Hamas reconciliation, in accordance with which responsible leaders ought to reconsider their policy. Ayalon will also call on the leaders to act against the Iranian threat.

A live transmission of DFM Ayalon’s speech may be viewed on Sunday, 5 June at about 9 pm Israel time at the following link:

Ayalon will be interviewed on leading Spanish-language media channels, including CNN in Spanish, which are viewed by millions of Spanish-speaking households. In his interviews, he will explain the Israeli position regarding the processes in our region, including future anticipated events.

DFM Ayalon will begin his Latin American tour with an official visit to Mexico, where he will participate in a bilateral dialogue with his counterpart, Mexican Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Lourdes Aranda. This is the second meeting within the framework of the bilateral dialogue. In his meetings, DFM Ayalon will discuss the consequences of the strategic changes in the Middle East, and will warn of Iranian subversion, its support of terrorism and ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons. He will also explain the dangers inherent in the unilateral moves of the Palestinian Authority. In light of the strong bond between Israel and Mexico, methods of improving bilateral cooperation on a range of issues, including academia, education, technology, tourism and international aid will be examined.