The two ministers discussed at length developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the possibilities, challenges and dangers created by these events.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (March 7) in Rome with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini for a discussion of bilateral and regional issues. They discussed the advancement of various areas to be raised at the Israel-Italy strategic dialogue which will be held on March 21 in Jerusalem and at the joint meeting of the two governments to take place in Italy during the summer, specifically agreements and joint projects in the areas of education, research, law and politics for youth.
The two ministers discussed at length developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the possibilities, challenges and dangers created by these events with which both countries will have to come to grips.
FM Liberman said that the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), which was established to engaged in areas of regional cooperation such as environmental protection, green energy, illegal immigration, etc. has become paralysed by the politicization injected by some of the participating countries, and that now, in light of recent events in the region, hopes that the organization members will reassess and cooperate for the sake of the future.
FM Liberman also met with Antonella Mularoni, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of San Marino, with whom he discussed bilateral and other issues. Secretary Mularoni voiced her intention to appoint a new non-resident ambassador to Israel in the near future.