Deputy FM Whbee and his counterparts discussed the current situation in Israel, the region and in Guatemala


 Deputy FM Whbee hosts senior members of the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Deputy FM Whbee greets Deputy FM Ibarra of Guatemala (Photo: MFA)

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)

On Wednesday (August 6 2008), Deputy Foreign Minister Majalli Whbee hosted Miguel Angel Ibarra, Deputy Foreign Minister of Guatemala, and Carlos Morales, Director-General of the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the annual political dialogue held by the two countries.

The issues discussed within the framework of the dialogue include political, economic and legal issues. Methods for strengthening the two countries bilateral relations were also examined.

Deputy FM Whbee detailed Israel’s political situation to the guests: Internal political developments in Israel, negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and with Syria, the Hizbullah and Hamas terrorism threats, the Iranian threat, as well as other issues.

Deputy FM Ibarra described the situation in Guatemala, the urgent need for investment and the required improvement of infrastructure. He also presented the map of his country’s foreign relations with its neighboring states and with the United States.

Deputy FM Ibarra is a true friend of the State of Israel. He named his daughter Golda after late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Guatemala is one of the countries who supported the UN partition plan and immediately recognized the nascent State of Israel.

Israel hosts approximately fifty Guatemalan students in development courses held every year by the MFA’s MASHAV Center for International Development, and holds additional MASHAV courses in Guatemala in which some 80 students participate annually.