Press release - DC 064(2012)

Secretary General to hold bilateral meetings in the Middle East

Strasbourg, 25.05.2012 – Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will visit Amman, Ramallah and Jerusalem from 27-30 May to hold high-level bilateral talks aimed at deepening relations between the Council of Europe and the Middle East.

In Amman, on 27 May, Mr Jagland will meet with King Abdullah II, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, the Speaker of the Senate Taher Al Masri and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Abed Kareem Doghmei.

The Secretary General will meet also with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, before travelling on 28 May to Ramallah, where he will meet with Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.

The Secretary General will then visit Jerusalem from 29-30 May to hold talks with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

He will also visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953 through the Yad Vashem Law passed by the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

The Knesset was granted observer status with the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly on 2 December 1957.


Daniel Höltgen, Spokesperson, mobile +33 6 68 29 87 51,

Council of Europe Directorate of Communications
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
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