Israeli FM Meets Arab Counterpart in New York

Minister Israel Katz revealed on Twitter that he discussed “civilian cooperation” with the foreign minister of an unnamed Arab country with which Israel has no diplomatic relations on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz (Photo: AP)

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says he met with his counterpart from an unspecified Arab country with which Israel has no diplomatic relations.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, which is taking place in New York this week.

Katz is representing Israel at the UNGA instead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who remained in Israel for political deliberations following the recent elections.

“On the sidelines of the General Assembly, a first and fascinating meeting yesterday with one of the Arab foreign ministers,” Katz tweeted on Tuesday morning.

“We discussed in depth the regional realities and ways to deal with the Iranian threat, while at the same time we agreed on a process for promoting civilian cooperation between our two countries. A new and challenging reality.”

Katz, who also serves as intelligence minister, met in early July, with an unnamed senior Emirati official during a visit to Abu Dhabi. Later that month, he shared a photograph with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa during an event hosted by the US State Department in Washington.

 

[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Ynet News]

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