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Latest developments in Iran and Syria on the meeting' agenda of ForMin Corlatean, Israeli ForMIn Lieberman

Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean and his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman met on Friday in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly in Iran and Syria.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports that about the situation in Iran, Corlatean and Lieberman voiced deep worries over the Iranian nuclear file, with Corlatean mentioning the EU sanctions against Iran as an example of the world community's measures in reaction to the nuclear file.

About the situation in Syria, the need for the collective support of the UN Security Council for the efforts of the US Special representative Lakhdar Brahimi was underscored. The two ministers also voiced concern over the exacerbation of inter-community divisions and the risks to regional security of a deteriorating situation.

Corlatean and Lieberman also underscored the existing staunch opposition to any acts of anti-Semitism, intolerance or extremist propaganda, no matter where and how they might manifest themselves.

The two ministers assessed the high level of the bilateral Romanian-Israeli political and diplomatic dialogue, the excellent cooperation between the two countries in a vast array of sectors, as well as the latest developments in the implementation of the actions agreed upon at the first session of inter-governmental consultations between Romania and Israel of November 23-24, 2011. They agreed that the next joint meeting of the two national governments will be held in Bucharest at a date that will be established through diplomatic channels.

In regard to business and trade relations, the two ministers voiced satisfaction over the intense dynamics of bilateral contacts and over a surge by nearly 62 percent in commercial exchanges from 2011.

Among other topics discussed by Corlatean and Lieberman were three-way Romania-Israel-Moldova cooperation, especially a joint project for the development in Moldova of a pesticide control laboratory.

Minister Lieberman extended Minister Corlatean an official invitation to visit Israel to deepen the bilateral dialogue.



Monday, October 1, 2012