ADL Denounces Egypt for Attempting to Block Israeli Participation in Economic
New York, NY, January 24, 2001 Ö The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed
concern at reports that an Israeli delegation was barred from attending an
annual economic summit in Egypt. The union of Egyptian chambers of commerce
blocked Israelís attendance at the Euro-Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce
meeting, which was scheduled for January 22-23 in Cairo, then postponed.
"It is very troubling that Israelís earliest peace partner, who has
played a leading role in facilitating Israeli-Arab negotiations, would exclude
Israeli participants from a conference that was intended to foster economic
cooperation between Middle Eastern and European states," said Abraham H.
Foxman, ADL National Director. "The exclusion of Israeli participants in
this forum goes against the normalization agreements between Israel and Egypt
and is contrary to the path of peace chosen by Egyptís leaders."
ADL is urging all participants in the forum to ensure Israelís inclusion,
once the meeting has been rescheduled. "In the spirit of economic
cooperation and in the interest of stability for the Mideast region, all
delegations to the Euro-Mediterranean conference should be included in the
meeting," said Foxman.
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