DIPLOMACY POLITICS

PSD’s Dragnea leaves for 3-day official visit to Israel

* His delegation consists of only PSD-ALDE members, including members of the SRI Oversight Committee, and the representative of the Jewish minority

 

Lower House Speaker Liviu Dragnea started an official visit to Israel on Tuesday, being set to meet the Speaker of the Knesset and other “high-level officials,” who were not named. Dragnea’s delegation consists only of PSD-ALDE MPs, including the deputy chairman of the Intelligence Oversight Committee, and Jewish minority MP Silviu Vexler.

The visit started on Tuesday and will end on Thursday, and takes place at the invitation extended by Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.

“During the visit, the Romanian parliamentary delegation will meet Mr Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and other Israeli high-level officials. The schedule includes several working sessions at the level of parliamentary committees, as well as a visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial Museum,” the Lower House informs.

Dragnea’s delegation includes Lower House Secretary Georgian Pop (PSD), member of the Defence Committee; Chairman of the Defence Committee Dorel Gheorghe Caprar (PSD); Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Natalia Intotero (PSD); Marian-Gheorghe Cucsa (ALDE), Deputy Chairman of the Lower House’s and Senate’s Joint Standing Committee for the Oversight of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI); Senate Quaestor Doina-Elena Fedorovici (PSD); Silviu Vexler, representative of the Jewish minority within Romania’s Parliament.

The Israeli side will cover the lodging expenses of three members of the delegation, the rest of the expenses set to be covered by the Lower House.

Liviu Dragnea paid an official visit to Israel in March too, also at an invitation extended by the Speaker of the Knesset.

Asked, on Monday, about a press allegation according to which he will remain in Israel a few more days alongside his partner, after the conclusion of the visit, Dragnea refused to answer. He went on to explain that he will visit Israel as part of an official parliamentary delegation, and he is set to leave for Israel on Tuesday and return to Romania on Thursday. “Indeed, I’m taking the liberty to spend three days there,” he said, according to News.ro.

The PSD leader was also asked whether he will also meet Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Dragnea refused giving an answer and ridiculed the journalist for the way he pronounced the Israeli official’s name.

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