DFM Ayalon: I hope that the Vietnamese government will not support the unilateral Palestinian move, but instead join the other responsible countries that make up the ‘moral majority’
(Communicated by the Deputy |Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met today (Sunday, June 19 2011) with Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communications Le Doan Ho in Jerusalem. This is the first official visit of a Vietnamese minister in Israel for 12 years.
During the meeting, DFM Ayalon reviewed the recent changes in the region, the political challenges and the dangers inherent in the ‘day after’ in the event of a unilateral deceleration of statehood by the Palestinians in September. Relating to the intended move by the Palestinians, DFM Ayalon stated: “I hope that the Vietnamese government will weigh the situation with great consideration, and will not support the unilateral Palestinian move but instead join the other responsible countries that make up the ‘moral majority’.
The Vietnamese minister expressed his understanding of the Israeli position, and agreed that the preferred method of solving the conflict was by direct negotiations between the parties.
DFM Ayalon also explored methods of increasing the bilateral relationship in the areas of trade, communications, agriculture, Israel government aid and security. DFM Ayalon suggested the establishment of a bilateral committee with the aim of developing a long-term plan for cooperation, and added: “Cooperation between Israel and Vietnam can form the basis for cooperation with other countries”.
Members of the Vietnamese delegation expressed much interest in the promotion of bilateral cooperation, and noted their positive impression of the various possibilities of potential cooperation.