Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Jerusalem, September 21 (EFE).- Victoria Alcina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Generalitat, visited Jerusalem today as part of her official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, where she outlined her intention to strengthen the Catalan institutional presence. Relations with the Jewish state, as well as cooperation with Palestine.

The aim of the trip is to “identify medium and long-term cooperation options where Catalonia and Israel have common interests”, such as the economy, research or innovation, as well as “cooperation in the field of historical memory, diaspora or Jewish heritage”. Alsina announced in front of the media.

He also highlighted that “Palestine has long been a priority country for Catalan cooperation”, an area he explored yesterday, in a meeting with Palestinian NGOs in the occupied West Bank that receive Catalan funding.

In turn, today he met with officials of the United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) in Jerusalem.

The Councilor laid a wreath this morning at the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem) commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis, in a visit to convey “a message of friendship between the people of Israel and Catalonia”.

The link “comes from afar and still has many pages to write,” commented the minister, who did not give specifics when asked about possible plans to open a new delegation of the Generalitat in Israel.

There had been speculation in earlier days about the possibility that Alsina had made an announcement on the matter while in the Jewish state, although she would ultimately deny taking the step.

On this issue, the councilor said that after this visit there will be a deep debate on how to express the Catalan institutional presence in Israel, “also following the logic of the Abraham Accords”, through which Israel has normalized relations. UAE, Bahrain and Morocco in 2020 and which Alsina praised.

As he assured, these agreements “open up new possibilities for cooperation at the regional level, also following the logic of the Mediterranean principles, which are very important for the Catalan government”.

Alsina emphasized criticism of the resolution approved by the Catalan parliament in June, which considered that the regime that Israel applies to the Palestinian territories could be described as a “crime of apartheid”.

“The first thing I did after its approval was to call the Israeli ambassador in Madrid to tell him that this position does not have a translation into the position of the Government of Catalonia” with Israel, declared the counselor.

“We believe that Israel and Catalonia have many interests and many possibilities to work together, so these relations will continue”, Alsina concluded. EFE

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