During a meeting on Monday with ambassadors to Israel of Asia-Pacific countries, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said, ”There is great potential not only for excellent economic relations between [Israel and Asia-Pacific countries), but also for additional cooperation.”
Edelstein noted that for years the `center of gravity` had shifted between the European countries and the United States, but this trend is changing. ”My door is always open to those who seek to create dialogue and cooperation between the Knesset and other parliaments,” the Knesset Speaker told the foreign envoys during the meeting, which was held in his bureau. ”The Knesset has an interest in promoting any issue that may contribute to society and the environment.”
The group which met with Speaker Edelstein was headed by Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma and included ambassadors to Israel from the following countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Burma and Nepal.
In light of the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific region to global security and the global economy, Israel`s interests in that part of the world are growing as well. The ambassadors requested the meeting with Edelstein in order to discuss issues that are of interest to all the participants.