The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel met at the Plenary level, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican

 Israel and Holy See hold bilateral talks

 

Dep FM Ayalon with Mgr Ettore Balestrero at the Vatican (Photo: MFA)


Joint Communique

The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the State of Israel and the Holy See met today 12 June 2012 at the Plenary level, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, to carry on negotiations pursuant to the Fundamental Agreement Art. 10 paragraph 2.
 
The meeting was headed by Mgr Ettore BALESTRERO, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, and by Mr Danny AYALON, M.K., Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
 
The negotiations took place in a thoughtful and constructive atmosphere. The Commission took notice that significant progress was made towards the conclusion of the Agreement.
 
The Commission further acknowledged the exemplary service of Their Excellencies Abp Antonio FRANCO and Ambassador Mordechay LEWY on the occasion of their retirement.
 
The Parties have agreed on future steps and to hold the next Plenary meeting on 6 December 2012 at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 

Delegation of the State of Israel
 
Mr Danny AYALON, M.K., Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman
Mr Mordechay LEWY, Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See
Mr Ehud KEINAN, Legal Adviser, MFA
Mr Shmuel BEN-SHMUEL, Head of World Jewish and Inter-religious Affairs Bureau, MFA
Mr Oded BROOK, Head International Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance
Mr Bahij MANSOUR, Director, Department of Religious Affairs, MFA
Mr Moshe GOLAN, State Attorney’s Office, Ministry of Justice
Mr Itai APTER, Advisor Ministry of Justice
Mr Chen Ivri APTER, Special Advisor Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau
Mr Gershon KEDAR, Policy Adviser Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau
Ms Klarina SHPITZ, Chief of Staff, Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau
Ms Karin DOSORETZ, Legal Division, MFA
 
Delegation of the Holy See
 
Mgr Ettore BALESTRERO, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Chairman
H.E. Mgr Antonio FRANCO, Apostolic Nuncio in Israel
H.E. Mgr Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel
Mgr Maurizio MALVESTITI, Under-Secretary, Congregation for Oriental Churches
Mgr Alberto ORTEGA MARTIN, Official at the Secretariat of State
Mr Henry AMOROSO, Legal Adviser
Fr Ibrahim FALTAS, General Administrator, Custody of the Holy Land
Fr Elias DAW, President of the Tribunal Greek-Melkite Church in Israel
Fr Pietro FELET, SCJ, Secretary AOCTS
Mr Samir ABUNASSAR, Consultant
Fr Giovanni CAPUTA, SDB, Secretary