FM Livni praises outgoing Director-General Ron Prosor.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni spoke this morning (Monday, 8 May 2006) with Foreign Minister Director-General Ron Prosor and thanked him for his two years of service as director-general. The minister pointed out his many contributions to furthering the foreign policy of the State of Israel.

"As an excellent and esteemed diplomat, Ron Prosor acted successfully to tighten cooperation and relations with the Arab world, dealt with sensitive security issues, and broadened coordination and cooperation with the various security bodies," she said.

The minister pointed out that Prosor was extremely helpful to her when she took office and demonstrated great professional and personal ability during her term as minister in the interim government. In this context, the minister announced that she would like to continue to utilize these abilities by appointing him as Israel’s ambassador to a central capital.

Minister Livni has designated attorney Aaron Abramovich for the post of Foreign Ministry director-general. Abramovich has served for the past four and a half years as director-general of the Justice Ministry. He previously served from 1999-2001 as director-general of the Jewish Agency. During last year’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip, he was asked by then prime minister Ariel Sharon to head the civilian and judicial staff work connected with the operation and to prepare legislation for the Knesset, in addition to his conducting far-reaching changes at both the Jewish Agency and the Justice Ministry.