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  May 1, 2007

Israel’s strong interest in continuing to support programs of the Organization of American States (OAS) was the subject of discussion as Assistant Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin today received Ambassador Dorit Shavit, Director General for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Shavit was at the Organization’s headquarters on a courtesy visit.

Ambassador Ramdin briefed the visiting Israeli official and her delegation on the Western Hemisphere organization’s principal objectives and thrusts—around the promotion of democracy and human rights, integral development and security from a multidimensional perspective. He explained as well the range of issues and activities that will be presented to the OAS General Assembly—to be held June 3 to 5 in Panama City—which the Israeli diplomat will also be attending.

Ramdin made mention of the special OAS support for Haiti and the need for support to vulnerable economies in the Caribbean and Central America. The Assistant Secretary General and Ambassador Shavit also reviewed OAS programs that currently enjoy support from Israel, including some under the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), whose Chief Executive Officer Roy Thomasson was among those on hand for meeting. The Director of the OAS Department of External Relations, Irene Klinger, was also present.

Shavit identified other potential areas of interest, such as courses in governance and security, in which her government is willing to provide additional assistance. Ramdin conveyed the Organization’s deep appreciation for the interest as well as the longstanding support and collaboration it receives from Israel, a permanent observer since 1972 and thus one of the first countries to be granted that status with the OAS.

Accompanying Ambassador Shavit on the visit to the OAS were Michael Eligal of the Latin America and Caribbean Division of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Oren Anolik, Alternate Representative of Israel’s Permanent Observer Mission to the OAS.

Reference: E-115/07