Dep FM Ayalon and Dominican Republic Minister of Justice: "We will work together to rehabilitate Haiti." Dominican Republic Minister of Justice: "We wish to assist you in promoting peace in the region."
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
In the first meeting of its kind between the Minister of Justice of the Dominican Republic and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, it was decided to form a partnership and to strengthen bilateral ties so as to work together in the rehabilitation of Haiti. The plan is to establish an Israeli village that includes a school, a medical center, community centers and sport facilities, as well as the dispatch of a 14-member contingent from the Israeli police force.
DFM Ayalon: "MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) is Israel’s arm for strengthening its international ties and positioning its image around the world. For example, under the auspices of the MFA, over 5000 Dominican Republic students attended MASHAV training courses in Israel in the fields of development, water and agriculture, and prisoner rehabilitation programs. "Both countries have the potential to upgrade the relationship and to cooperate on various issues."
DFM Ayalon also mentioned the large amount of Israeli aid aimed at the rehabilitation of Haiti, a process that the Dominican Republic is directing. DFM Ayalon stated that "Israel has the ability to provide humanitarian and professional aid to its friends around the world."
The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Justice said: "We are deeply impressed with Israeli capabilities in various fields. Cooperation with Israel is very important to us." The Minister added that his country is interested in assisting with the peace process in the Middle East.
DFM Ayalon briefed his guest on the situation in the Middle East in general and the progress in the negotiations with the Palestinians in particular. DFM Ayalon emphasized his concern with Iranian penetration into South America, and said, "The Iranian nuclear program is not only Israel’s concern, but that of the entire world. The international community must continue to oppose the Iranian nuclear program." Regarding sanctions against Iran, DFM Ayalon added, "We will be able to determine if the sanctions are working within a few months."