FM Livni and Quartet Middle East representative Blair discussed regional issues and the global financial crisis.



(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met today (Monday, 6 October 2008) with special envoy of the Middle East Quartet Tony Blair in Jerusalem.

In their meeting, the two discussed regional issues and the global financial crisis. Regarding the economic crisis and possible implications for Israel, FM Livni stated that "Israel needs stability, and quickly. The correct way to contend with the crises is by removing the existing uncertainty and creating political and economic stability that will enable the government to make preparations in advance and to plan for every possibility and situation that may arise".

Referring to the address by the Foreign Minister of Bahrain at the UN General Assembly regarding the establishment of a regional framework for security cooperation in the Middle East, FM Livni said that "I believe that ideas that can contribute to regional dialogue regarding threats and challenges common to Israel and the Arab states are positive ideas and they should be treated as such".