Mauritania Establishes Diplomatic
Relations with Israel
(October 28, 1999)
Foreign Minister David
Levy will sign an agreement in Washington October 28, 1999,
establishing full diplomatic relations with Mauritania, an Islamic country
and a member of the Arab League.
The signing ceremony will be held at the U.S. State
Department in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
– who invited the Foreign Minister and his Mauritanian counterpart, Ahmed
SidAhmed, to sign the agreement in Washington. The United States views
this important development as a product of, among other things, the
September 24, 1999, New York meeting
initiated by the United States, and attended by the Foreign Ministers of
Israel, Mauritania and a series of other Arab states.
Earlier this year, Israel announced its first project in Mauritania, an eye clinic operated by
the Foreign Ministry's Center for International Cooperation (MASHAV).
Both Israel and the United States view the establishment
of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Mauritania as a milestone
in the promotion of normalization, which is widely seen as the goal of the
peace process which has evolved since the Madrid Conference. Mauritania joins Egypt
and Jordan as the only members of the Arab League to post ambassadors in Israel.
Ministry will continue to work for the development and strengthening of
Israels relations with other countries in the region.
Government Press Office