The foreign ministers of Israel and Libya hold a historic meeting to discuss diplomatic prospects
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen. (photo: twitter.com/elicoh1). Image source: IANS News
Jerusalem August 28: The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the foreign ministers of Israel and Libya met in Rome, in the first-ever meeting between officials from the two countries that do not have formal diplomatic relations.
On Sunday, the statement added that the meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and his Libyan counterpart Najla al-Mangoush took place last week, facilitated by Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani.
The statement stated that the meeting aims to “discuss possibilities of cooperation and relations between the two countries and to preserve the heritage of the Libyan Jewish community.”
During the meeting, the ministers discussed “the historical relations between the two countries, the heritage of the Libyan Jewish community, the possibility of cooperation between the two countries and Israeli aid in humanitarian issues, agriculture, water management and others,” according to the statement. statement.
The top Israeli diplomat said Israel attached “great importance” to establishing formal relations with Libya, the fourth largest country in Africa.
He added that Israel is working to “expand the circle of peace and normalization” with Islamic countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
And in 2020, Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the first Gulf states to agree to establish official relations with Israel.
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