Lapid to Slovenia FM: Finish 9-year freeze of EU-Israel Affiliation Council

2021-08-23 22:47:16

It’s time for the European Union to revive the EU-Israel Affiliation Council that has been dormant for the final 9 years, International Minister Yair Lapid advised his Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar on Monday.

“Slovenia has develop into a trusted pal and a trusted ally,” Lapid advised Logar throughout a joint press convention in Jerusalem marking the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cybersecurity.

Logar’s go to to Israel coincides together with his nation’s six-month presidency of the European Union that ends in December.

Lapid famous that in Slovenia’s presidency, he had been the primary Israeli international minister since 2008 to handle the EU assembly of international ministers in Brussels in July.

He took the chance of the press convention to name on Slovenia to finish the nine-year freeze on the gathering of the EU-Israel Affiliation Council that final convened in 2012.

“It was throughout your presidency of the EU that I spoke in Brussels with the international ministers of Europe, and I hope it should even be throughout your presidency that the EU-Israel Affiliation Council [meeting] will lastly happen,” Lapid mentioned.

  Foreign Minister Yair Lapid with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita at the foreign ministry in Rabat, Morocco, August 11, 2021.  (credit: SHLOMI AMSALEM/GPO)
International Minister Yair Lapid with Moroccan International Minister Nasser Bourita on the international ministry in Rabat, Morocco, August 11, 2021. (credit score: SHLOMI AMSALEM/GPO)

The council is the primary high-level physique designed to control Israeli-EU dialogue and agreements. This features a promised improve to the already shut ties between Israel and the EU, which have additionally been on maintain since 2012. The proceedings have been frozen to protest Israel settlement constructing.

Slovenia formalized diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992, and is taken into account to be certainly one of Israel’s strongest allies each throughout the European Union and within the United Nations.

Earlier this summer season, Slovenia hosted a re-creation of a parachute leap made by Israeli heroine and poet Hannah Senesh, a Hungarian immigrant to Mandate Palestine. She returned to Europe throughout World Warfare II to rescue Jews, touchdown in what’s now Slovenia, however was captured and executed by the Nazis.

Logar mentioned the leap had been very significant.

Slovenia “extremely values” its “robust ties” with Israel, he mentioned, noting that it was its strongest financial ally within the area, as he invited Lapid to go to Slovenia.

Logar promised to assist allow and enhance Israeli-EU relations.

“You may rely on us,” he mentioned.

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