FM Levy Will Not Attend MENA Conference in Doha

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
November 13, 1997

Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Levy, announced today that he will not be leaving for the Economic Conference in Qatar. The Israeli delegation will be headed by Israel’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Natan Sharansky. Levy has informed both the Foreign Minister of Qatar, who invited him to the conference, and the State Department that he will not be attending the conference.

In his letter to the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, Levy explains that because the conference is decidedly economic in nature, it is preferable that the Israeli delegation be headed by a high-ranking economic minister. In his letter, Levy praises Qatar’s determination to convene the conference on schedule and concludes by emphasizing his intention to continue acting for the advancement of the peace process in the entire region.

The Israeli delegation also includes the Governor of the Bank of Israel, Israel’s Water Commissioner, senior representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of other government ministries, and about 30 businessmen and 20 journalists.