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March 9, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian-CoE forum might be hosted by Bucharest

Romania might host a meeting of a tri-party forum made of representatives of the Council of Europe (CoE), the Israeli Knesset and the Palestinian Legislative Council, the head of the Senate’s foreign policy committee, Titus Corlatean, said yesterday after meeting with an Israeli delegation headed by the Jewish Parliament’s head of mission to the CoE’s Parliamentary Assembly, Yohann Plesner.

“Today’s visit (by the Israeli delegation) is meant to help see how Romanian lawmakers can contribute to talks in the Council of Europe’s subcommittee for the Middle East,” Corlatean said, quoted by Agerpres news agency. He added that the subcommittee for the Middle East also focuses on matters related to Israelis’ and Palestinians’ day-to-day life, such as “access to water resources, environment issues, things that can encourage the talks held at other level on the peace process.”

In his turn, Plesner said Israeli authorities have a “positive” view on the idea that Romania could host this tri-party summit. “We hope that next time we come to Romania it will be for that summit and we also wish to have members of the foreign affairs committee as guests in Israel,” he said. Plesner also talked about bilateral Romanian-Israeli ties, saying that the Romanian Jews’ community in Israel has a major contribution to the two countries’ relationship. “We have common security and economic interests. We want to build a Middle East and a Middle East region in which dominant forces will be those wishing a free economy. We must be aware of the Iranian threat both to the Middle East and Europe,” Plesner added, quoted by Agerpres.

The Israeli delegation was also scheduled to meet yesterday with Parliament Deputy Speakers Petru Filip (Senate) and Valeriu Zgonea (Chamber of Deputies) and with members of the Israel friendship group in both houses.

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