FM Livni: Lebanon is an example of weakened moderates succumbing to Iranian-backed extremists.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
In her meeting this morning (Tuesday 13 May 2008) with Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and with Foreign Minister Sanjaasurengiin Oyun, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni said that "Lebanon exemplifies a country where the moderates are growing weaker as Iran attempts to gain control with the aid of an armed militia, and to destabilize the region at the same time. Israel expects all countries of the world who share its values to demonstrate decisiveness in their opposition to extremism".
Further issues discussed at the meeting were the economic processes that took place in Israel, and the dramatic change it underwent while evolving from a centralized, government managed economy into a free-market economy, which opened the way to economic competition and privatization.
During the meeting the two parties signed bilateral cooperation agreements, and agreed that both governments would promote sharing of knowledge in the fields of economics, culture and science.