FM Liberman due to depart this evening for Paris to participate in the annual OECD Forum.

 FM Liberman to participate in OECD Forum


FM Liberman (Reuters archive photo)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman will leave this evening (24 May 2011) for Paris to participate in the annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum, which this year is commemorating its 50th anniversary.

During his visit, FM Liberman will meet with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Slovenian President Danilo Turk, Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang Sik, French Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppe, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Lene Espersen, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet and other senior officials.

FM Liberman stated that “The OECD’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration is taking place precisely on the first anniversary of Israel’s official membership in the Organization. During the past year, we have opened embassies in the OECD, institutionalized our connections with the various committees and have hosted several joint conferences with the OECD in Israel. It is our intention to continue our efforts to strengthen our position in the OECD, and in that manner to continue to contribute towards the strengthening of Israel’s international standing and the strengthening and development of Israel’s economy on all levels.”