A delegation of Knesset members arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday and held a series of meetings with top officials. The delegation was headed by MK Haim Jelin (Yesh Atid), who chairs the Israel-Argentina Parliamentary Friendship Group. Jelin immigrated to Israel in August 1976 as a lone soldier. Forty years later, in August 2016, he represented the State of Israel and the Knesset in his home country.
The delegation also includes MKs Nava Boker (Likud), David Bitan (Likud), Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp) and Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beitenu).
Upon its arrival in the Argentinian capital, the Knesset delegation held a memorial service for the victims of the 1992 terror attack at the Israeli Embassy and the terror attack at the Jewish community`s AMIA/DAIA building in 1994.
During the visit, the Knesset members met with Argentinian Vice President and President of the Senate Gabriela Michetti, who signed a cooperation agreement which was signed by Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein prior to the delegation`s departure from Israel.
During his meeting with the Israeli lawmakers, Chamber of Deputies President Emilio Monzó signed a memorandum of understanding in which the Israeli and Argentinian parliaments declare their friendship and the shared interests which reflect the bond between the nations. The document also states that the two parliaments attach great importance to the values of freedom, democracy and tolerance, while emphasizing their key role in preserving the sovereignty of the people and promoting political pluralism.
The Chamber of Deputies is the lower house of the National Congress of Argentina.
The Knesset members, who held a series of meetings in the Argentinian Parliament, also met with Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Mabel Malcorra and discussed the various challenges the State of Israel faces.
While in Latin America last week, the Knesset delegation also visited Paraguay and Uruguay. On Monday the President of the Paraguayan Senate, Roberto Acevedo Quevedo, signed a memorandum of understanding between the Paraguayan Congress and the Knesset.
The document, which was signed in the presence of the Israeli legislators and senior Paraguayan Members of Congress, ensures cooperation between the Israeli and Paraguayan parliaments, mainly on issues related to legislation, documentation, administrational organization and the implementation of advanced technologies.
The Knesset delegation to Asunción was headed by MK Boker, who chairs the Israel-Paraguay Parliamentary Friendship Group.
On Wednesday the Knesset members met in Montevideo, Uruguay with Chamber of Deputies President Gerardo Amarilla, as well as with members of the Uruguay-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group and senior representatives of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Chamber of Deputies is the lower house of Uruguay`s General Assembly.
During the meeting, Amarilla signed a memorandum of understanding between the Uruguayan parliament and the Knesset, which calls for cooperation in various parliamentary fields, including the exchange of information on issues related to management and organization, as well as the use of advanced technologies, with an emphasis on the development of information technologies and exchanging experts and administrators.
The memorandum marks another step in the advancement of the relations between Israel and Uruguay.
MK Boker, who headed the delegation to Montevideo as chairperson of the Israel-Uruguay Parliamentary Friendship Group, thanked her counterparts for Uruguay`s support of Israel in international forums. The Israeli lawmakers briefed their hosts on the situation in the Middle East and discussed the challenges Israel faces, particularly the daily fight against terror.