A new dimension in Israeli-German relations has opened with the signing today of the Memorandum of Agreement for Cooperation in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia

 Deputy FM Ayalon signs Memorandum of Agreement in Berlin


Deputy FM Ayalon and German Minister for Economic Cooperation Niebel signing the Memorandum of Agreement today (Photo: MFA)

(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s bureau)

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development Dirk Niebel, signed a Memorandum of Agreement in Berlin today (Monday, January 18, 2010) regarding cooperation in aiding Third World countries, with emphasis on matters of water, agriculture and health.

In the agreement, the two sides express their desire to cooperate in countries in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Israel will contribute knowledge and expertise in the fields of desert agriculture and water management, and Germany will contribute its expertise in these fields via its representatives around the world.

The agreement will contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which are eight targets determined by the UN Development Program in 2000 to be achieved by 2015. These targets include the alleviation of extreme poverty and hunger, the reduction of child mortality, the increase of maternal health and more.

This Israeli-German memorandum of agreement is linked to the memorandum signed in Jerusalem in May 2008 by MASHAV, the Israel Center for International Cooperation, with the German Ministry regarding meeting the challenges of global change. This program is currently being implemented in Ethiopia.

After the signing ceremony, Deputy FM Ayalon stated that "The agreement represents the depth of the relationship between the two countries and the willingness to cooperate around the world for the benefit of developing countries. On the background of our unique common history, this is a clear and moral message to the peoples of both countries and to the entire world. This agreement will improve the relationship of our two countries."