FM Livni: "UNESCO is to be commended for choosing to strengthen its cooperation with Israel and for its efforts in promoting issues of common interest to Israel and UNESCO"
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met today (Wednesday, 6 February 2008) with Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director–General, who is currently on a visit to Israel.
During the meeting, FM Livni and D-G Matsuura signed the first memorandum of understanding between Israel and UNESCO, which consolidates relations between Israel and UNESCO and determines Israel’s position as a UNESCO donor state in the fields of education, Holocaust education, and culture.
FM Livni thanked D-G Matsuura for his efforts in promoting issues of common interest to Israel and UNESCO. "There is a disparity between the perception of Israel and its values and what Israel really is, not only as a country, but as a society. The promotion of interests common to Israel and international organizations is the right thing to do, even if it is sometimes not always easy. UNESCO is to be commended for choosing to strengthen its cooperation with Israel and for its efforts in promoting these values", FM Livni said.
Mr. Matsuura said that the signing of the memorandum of understanding symbolizes a significant bolstering of relations between Israel and UNESCO, and from now on, the prolific cooperation will be expanded.