DFM Ayalon: “We expect that the European states in general, and Spain in particular, will not cooperate with the Palestinian’s irresponsible unilateral steps and will instead encourage them to return to the negotiation table.”
(Communicated by the Spokesperson of the DFM)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, in Spain on an official visit, met (Thursday 25 August 2011) in Madrid with Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiménez and with the Spanish Secretary of State of External Affairs Juan Anotonio Yanez-Barnuevo.
In the meeting, DFM Ayalon explained that responsible and moral states cannot support the unilateral Palestinian move: “We expect that the European states in general, and Spain in particular, will not cooperate with the Palestinian’s irresponsible unilateral steps and will instead encourage them to return to the negotiation table.” Ayalon thanked the Spanish Foreign Minister for her clarifications regarding Spain’s position on the UN vote in September, and especially for her statement that Spain’s position has not changed, and continues to expect that any solution will ensure Israel’s security, a return to negotiations and will be based on the two states principal.
Among other issues, the Deputy Foreign Minister and his visitor discussed developments in the region, particularly in Libya and Syria. Ayalon emphasized that the true threat to the stability of the region and the world remains Iran’s nuclear attempts, and its continued support of radical Islamist terrorist organizations in the region.
The DFM discussed with the Spanish FM the importance of Israeli-Spanish relations, which will soon mark 25 years of diplomatic ties, and the strong significance of deepening the technological, scientific and economic connections between the two countries. The FM of Spain and DFM Ayalon wished success to the new ambassador to Spain, Alon Bar, who has taken up his post very recently.