FM Silvan Shalom met in Maastricht, Holland, with his Dutch counterpart, Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, and called upon him to enlist in the struggle to expel Syrian forces from Lebanon.

 FM Shalom meets with Dutch FM Bot

 

FM Shalom and Dutch FM Bot (GPO)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met today in Maastricht, Holland, with his Dutch counterpart, Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, and called upon him to enlist in the struggle to expel Syrian forces from Lebanon.

Minister Shalom noted that Syria continues to shelter terrorist organizations and said it is necessary to put an end to Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.

Shalom said that, following the latest terrorist attack in Beersheba, it is once again clear that all roads lead to Syria as having a hand in terrorist activities. He added that the anti-terrorist fence saves lives and significantly reduces the ability of terrorists to carry out attacks. Israel is determined to speed up the construction of the fence, Shalom told his Dutch counterpart.

Minister Bot condemned the terrorist attack in Beersheba and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. He said he understands the importance of building the security fence and asserted that Israel has the right of self-defense, but noted that Israel must take into account the needs of the Palestinian population and avoid expropriating land for the fence as much as possible.

Bot expressed satisfaction at the timetable for the Gaza pullout, saying that, as president of the European Union, Europe is ready to help the process.

Shalom pointed out that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is preventing any moderate leadership to develop, though there is such a leadership potential in the PA. As long as Arafat remains as leader, no such leadership will grow, said Shalom.

With regard to Iran, Shalom warned of its race to develop nuclear weapons, saying this endangers world peace and stability.