DFM Ayalon meets with German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel, who is visiting Israel at the head of a large delegation



 DFM Ayalon meets with German Minister Niebel


DFM Ayalon. (MFA photo archive)

(Communicated by the Bureau of the Deputy Foreign Minister)

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon met today (Monday, 21 June 2010) with Dirk Niebel, German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, who is visiting Israel at the head of a large delegation.

The visit follows the signing of the agreement for aid to developing countries by DFM Ayalon and Minister Niebel in Germany last January. Israel attributes great importance to the cooperation with Germany on aid issues, which have increased in momentum recently. This cooperation represents a unique and important component in the development on promotion of the good relationship between the two countries.

During the meeting, the two discussed Israel-German cooperation in Africa and Central Asia, predominantly in the fields of irrigation, agriculture and water. In addition, the initiative for the establishment of an international climate-change research center in Israel, with the cooperation of Germany, Israel and other countries was discussed. DFM Ayalon and Minister Niebel also discussed the promotion of joint seminars to be conducted by INWENT, the German aid agency, and MASHAV, Israel’s national agency for international development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

DFM Ayalon added that "The cooperation between Israel and Germany is already bearing fruit for countries in Africa such as Ethiopia. On this foundation, Israel will continue to develop cooperation with Germany and other countries around the world."

Minister Niebel will participate in the first joint seminar to be conducted by the two development agencies on 22 June, on the subject of ‘The Effectiveness of Aid’.

Israel strives to associate itself with global development efforts, both on the political and practical levels, while establishing partnerships with other development agencies, of which Germany is one of the most important.