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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (Monday 22 February 2010) in Brussels with Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin. In reply to FM Martin’s query regarding the death of the terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, FM Liberman stated that no report links Israel to the incident. The Foreign Minister added that if alternate information, beyond media reports, would emerge, then Israel would respond. However, as no such further information has been presented, there is no need to relate to the matter.
FM Liberman stated that many false accusations are made against Israel on numerous issues, and there is a general Arab tendency to blame Israel for everything, adding that there are many internal struggles in non-democratic countries and organizations in the Middle East.
Prior to his meeting with FM Martin, FM Liberman met with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos. The two ministers discussed the upgrading of relations between Israel and the European Union. FM Liberman stated that the upgrade should not be linked to the negotiations with the Palestinians.
Earlier this morning, FM Liberman met with Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi, and discussed bilateral issues and economic relations between the two countries, as well as the upgrading of Israel’s relationship with the European Union. At the meeting, FM Liberman stated that should Iran acquire nuclear capabilities, the result for the Middle East would be devastating, primarily for Iran’s neighbors. Any attempt to appease Ahmadinejad and the violent and cruel Iranian regime would be a terrible mistake. FM Liberman said that we are at a critical point where a Churchillian-type leadership rather than a Chamberlainian-type leadership is required.
FM Liberman also met with the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Kohout, and heard his account of his recent visit to Damascus and Lebanon. The two agreed that FM Kohout would visit Israel in May.
FM Liberman also met with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov, and discussed bilateral issues, upgrading the relationship between Israel and the European Union, as well as other issues.
FM Liberman is expected to attend additional meetings in Brussels today.
Writen by the israeli MFA