Foreign Affairs Committee to meet Palestinian and Israeli Ambassadors

September 2nd, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade will tomorrow afternoon meet with both the Ambassador of Palestine to Ireland and the Ambassador of Israel to Ireland. On the agenda for discussion is the situation in Gaza, as well as the wider Middle East Peace Process.

Palestinian Ambassador H.E. Ahmad Abdelrazek will address the Committee at 2:30 pm and engagement with Israeli Ambassador H.E. Boaz Modai will follow at approximately 4 pm.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD says: “This Committee has a longstanding interest in Israel-Palestine relations and has monitored recent events closely. It is thus with optimism that we welcome the recent cessation in violence brokered last week.

“Through constant contact with both Ambassadors during the conflict, Members were keen to stress that both sides need to end their use of violence immediately in order to spare ordinary citizens on all sides the terrible consequences of war. At tomorrow’s meeting, the Committee will have the opportunity listen to the points made by both Ambassadors and to question them on the way in which the situation can best be moved forward.

“We also look forward to engaging with both representatives on how the progress made provides an impetus for dialogue aimed at securing a lasting peace between Israel and Hamas.”
The meeting takes place tomorrow 3 September at 2.30pm in Committee Room 4, Leinster House 2000.

It can be viewed live on UPC Channel 207 as well as online at: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom4/
Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the move, through the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.