FM Shalom and his Danish counterpart signed the second stage of a regional agricultural agreement whose partners include Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority.

 

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his Danish counterpart, Per Stig Moller, today (Monday, 14 November) signed the second stage of a regional agricultural agreement whose partners include Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. The agreement is sponsored by DANIDA, the Danish International Development Agency.

Minister Shalom noted that this is a very important agreement that points the way to be followed in the future for full cooperation among Israel, Denmark, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and the countries of the region. He added that he hopes other important projects will be undertaken in the future between Israel and additional Arab countries.

The signing ceremony represents an expression of Israel’s interest in furthering, together with its neighbors, matters of common interest for the welfare of the peoples of the region and for advancing the peace process, Shalom said.

The special agricultural project is the offshoot of a successful project undertaken from 1994-1999, in which hundreds of Egyptian farmers, instructors, and experts came to Israel each year for advanced study. At the initiative of the Danish government, the project was expanded to include Jordan and the Palestinian Authority under the framework of a new regional agreement.

The first agreement among Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the PA under Denmark’s initiative was signed in 1999. The comprehensive framework covered six main agricultural topics and included seminars, training courses, experimentation, demonstrations, and more.

The success of the first stage led the Danes to initiatiate the continuation of the project, which is due to take place this year in an expanded format.

Minister Moller asserted that the agreement is another way to confront terrorism.