Titus Corlatean meets with Mahmoud Abbas and Riad al-Malki

Titus Corlatean meets with Mahmoud Abbas and Riad al-Malki

Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean was seen on Wednesday by the President of the National Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and also met with Riad Al-Malki, Foreign Affairs Minister of the National Palestinian Authority.According to a Foreign Ministry press release, during the talks with Mahmoud Abbas ‘the solid friendship between the Romanian and Palestinian peoples were recognised, which can represent a good foundation for the further development of a dynamic cooperation with mutual benefits’. Mahmoud Abbas and Titus Corlatean appreciated the important role the graduates of Romanian universities have in the Palestinian society. According to the MAE release, President Abbas also said he especially valued the importance and quality of the Romanian community most of which consists of Romanian ladies married and established in the Palestinian territories. FM Titus Corlatean also visited Ramallah during his tour to the Middle East. On Wednesday, he met up with the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riad Al-Malki.The heads of the two diplomacies evoked in a cordial atmosphere the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the Romanian and Palestinian peoples, as well as the special role Romania had had over time in the promotion of peace in the Middle East. The FMs reviewed existing ways of improving and diversifying bilateral relations with an emphasis on identifying new opportunities in the economic field. Concrete projects of cooperation were analysed in agriculture, water management, and healthcare, as well as the possibility of sharing Romanian expertise in the area of emergency medical services.The two foreign ministers agreed that the second meeting of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee would take place in Bucharest in 2013. The Romanian official proposed setting up a joint sub-committee on economic cooperation and a Romanian -Palestinian Business Council. In Ramallah, Corlatean was received by the Prime Minister of the National Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad. The Romanian minister stressed out Bucharest’s willingness to offer assistance ‘in areas of expertise such as agriculture, emergency medical system and education’, MAE informs.  ‘The talks of the two officials were an occasion for a review of bilateral relations and examination of best ways for further exploring them. The continuation of consultation in the framework of the Romanian-Palestinian Intergovernmental Committee scheduled in the first half of 2013, in Bucharest, was found to be the most inclusive and effective mechanism in that respect. The need to step up economic cooperation was recognised, with concrete examples in areas of direct interest such as water management, agriculture, animal breeding or health. The Romanian FM suggested that the management of the various cooperation projects should be done by a sub-committee for economic cooperation’, MAE notes. A day earlier, Corlatean was received, while on an official visit to the State of Israel, by President Shimon Peres. The talks highlighted the special role played in consolidating bilateral relations by the Jewish communities in Romania and the communities of Romanian-born Israelis, this community being, as President Shimon Peres states, “one of the largest to have survived the Holocaust and one that contributed to building the modern Jewish state.” The two officials agreed on the importance of cooperation in the field of education, in order to show the role the Romanian community plays in consolidating a common stand in fighting certain anti-Semitic attitudes in the contemporary world, with reference also to the Holocaust Memorial Day.The interlocutors approached the evolution of bilateral relations in the context of globalization, with an emphasis on cooperation in the fields of science (medicine, laser utilization, energy, IT etc), of defence, fighting terrorism, and finance. Minister Titus Corlatean evoked, on this occasion, too, the possibility of Israel’s participation in developing the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) at Magurele.The Foreign Minister had a meeting with the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman. Also, during his visit to Jerusalem, Corlatean has visited the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Yad Vashem Memorial, paying homage to the victims of the Holocaust.

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