Deputy FM Ayalon: Israel and Turkey have common interests, and both countries must do all in their power to preserve and to develop their relationship
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s bureau)
Deputy FM Danny Ayalon addressed the participants of the Model UN being held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, and stated that "Looking at the future of Diplomacy, it is my hope that Israeli diplomacy will make the transformation from diplomacy of conflict to diplomacy of cooperation."
Regarding the UN, Deputy FM Ayalon stated: "This is an important organization which has not yet realized all its goals, such as the eradication of poverty and obliteration of terror." He added that one of the government’s main goals is for Israel to be accepted as a full member in important international organizations such as the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). "If we join the OECD, we will double the budget of MASHAV (Israel Center for International Cooperation.) This will enable Israel to assist countries facing hardship around the world, as we are doing in Haiti."
Answering a question regarding Israel-Turkish relations, Deputy FM Ayalon said that "Turkey is an important country in the Middle East. As is the case around the world, Turkey also finds itself in a power struggle between the moderates and the extremists. We hope that Turkey remains a moderate state. Israel and Turkey have common interests, and both countries must do all in their power to preserve and to develop their relationship." Deputy FM Ayalon mentioned that Israel was one of the first countries to extend assistance to Turkey at the time of the devastating earthquake there in 1999.