Spain urges Israel to support Mediterranean Union

23rd April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spain called on Israel Thursday to support the nascent Mediterranean Union as well as efforts to reach peace in the Middle East during a visit to Madrid by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos asked Lieberman "for Israel's full cooperation with the Mediterranean Union, which is of maximum interest to Spain and all of its Euro-Mediterranean partners," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Moratinos also reiterated Spain's "full support" for the efforts of the administration of US President President Barack Obama to reach peace in the Middle East, it added.

The 43-nation Mediterranean Union, whose headquarters is in Barcelona, was established in 2008 in Paris by France and Egypt.

It groups all 27 EU member states with countries in North Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world as well as Israel in a bid to foster cooperation in one of the world's most volatile regions.

Earlier this month talks in Barcelona between Mediterranean Union members aimed at adopting a water management strategy for the region ended in failure due to a row between Israel and Arab countries over a reference to the Palestinian territories.

The stalemate was seen as a strong blow against the body, which will hold its first summit in Barcelona in June.

© 2010 AFP

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