The Deputy Director General of the Division for International Organizations and the United Nations met today with heads of the Red Cross of Cyprus, Georgia and Botswana to discuss regional cooperation on humanitarian issues.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman’s Bureau)

Deputy Director General of the Division for International Organizations and the United Nations, Mr. Ronny Leshno-Yaar, met today (Tuesday, 4 September) with President of the Botswana Red Cross Dr. N. Mbere, the President of the Georgian Red Cross Nana Keinishvili and with the Director General of the Cypriot Red Cross, Takis Neophytou, who are on an official visit to Israel as guests of Magen David Adom.

The heads of these national associations spoke of their wish to strengthen the humanitarian cooperation with Israel, under the auspices of Magen David Adom. The Director General of the Cypriot Red Cross referred to the importance of regional cooperation, expressed by Israeli assistance during the recent fires in Cyprus. Mr. Neophytou expressed his hope that Magen Davis Adom’s admission to the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies will set a precedent for the Cypriot Red Cross.

The President of the Georgian Red Cross referred to the bilateral cooperation agreement with Magen David Adom, and the first-aid training courses that Magen David Adom will operate in Georgia. The President of the Botswana Red Cross expressed her country’s desire for Israeli assistance in the struggle against AIDS and in coping with emergencies.

The Deputy Director General of the Division for International Organizations and the United Nations stressed the importance Israel places on international humanitarian aid, with special emphasis on regional neighbors. He reiterated Israel’s commitment to help Magen David Adom fulfill its role of proffering humanitarian aid.

The three guests agreed that political and humanitarian issues should be separated, and expressed their admiration at Magen David Adom’s performance in both the international and regional arenas.