FM Liberman is due to depart on Sunday to meet with European Foreign Ministers and senior officialsof the European Parliament. In the meetings, FM Liberman will discuss bilateral, Middle Eastern and regional and issues

 FM Liberman to leave for Brussels for meetings with senior European officials


FM Liberman (Archive photo: Reuters)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman will leave on Sunday (21 February 2010) for Brussels.

FM Liberman will meet with the Foreign Ministers of the European Union, with the First-Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, with the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, with the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, Romania, Belgium, and Slovenia, with the chairman of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) Joseph Daul, with the chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Michał Kamiński, with the European Friends of Israel (EFI) and other senior officials in the European Parliament.

This will be the first meeting of a senior Israeli official with Baroness Ashton since she assumed her position as First-Vice-President of the European Commission. FM Liberman intends to discuss with her the strengthening of ties and increased cooperation with the EU. FM Liberman stated that he places great importance on his meetings the Baroness Ashton and other MEPs in light of the significant role and growing influence of the Parliament and Europe in the international arena after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.

In his meetings with the Foreign Ministers, FM Liberman intends to discuss the need to take significant steps to prevent the continued attempts by Iran to achieve nuclear capability, other issues relating to the Middle East and bilateral matters.