FM Ben-Ami to Participate in 4th Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Conference

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
November 14, 2000

Foreign Minister Ben-Ami will participate in the Fourth Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Conference ("Barcelona Process") that will take place in Marseilles on November 15-16, 2000.

Israel welcomes the convening of the Conference, headed by the French Presidency, and hopes that it will provide new momentum for the Barcelona Process. Israel trusts that the Marseilles forum will contribute to the advancement of understanding, cooperation and friendship between the European and Mediterranean countries, and among the Mediterranean countries themselves. The participation of Israel in this Conference, alongside Arab states, is an expression of Israel’s desire for peace and friendly relations with the states of the region.

The Euro-Mediterranean framework was created on the initiative of Europe, with the establishment of a partnership between the 15 countries of the European Union and the 12 Mediterranean countries (Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority). The first meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers Conference took place in November 1995. The "Barcelona Process" was designed to increase regional cooperation in the spheres of politics, economics, and culture, with the aim of establishing peace and stability in the Mediterranean basin.