Shalom applauds France’s anti-Semitism fight

14th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 14 (AFP) - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom held talks with French President Jacques Chirac Monday and afterwards praised France for its action in combating anti-Semitism.

PARIS, Feb 14 (AFP) - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom held talks with French President Jacques Chirac Monday and afterwards praised France for its action in combating anti-Semitism.

"We are very encouraged by the French attitude, especially that of President Chirac. He was the first to identify in Europe this phenomenon. We would like to believe that his determination will enable other European countries to fight against extremists from the (far) right wing," he said.

Shalom also thanked France for taking steps to prevent the Lebanese satellite television station Al-Manar - close to the militant Shiite group Hezbollah - from broadcasting in Europe.

However there was no indication that the foreign minister had succeeded in winning Chirac's support for placing Hezbollah on the EU's list of terrorist groups. The issue is to be discussed Wednesday in Brussels.

Chirac said that "this question is very complex and must be examined in the regional context in all its aspects," the president's spokesman said.

Nonetheless Shalom said: "We can see an improvement in our bilateral relations."

The foreign minister was to meet his French counterpart Michel Barnier and formally open a new Israeli embassy in Paris.

© AFP

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