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Foreign Minister Faurie met with representatives of jewish organizations

20 September 2017
Información para la Prensa N°: 
408/17

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie met with representatives of the World Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith International and the American Jewish Committee. The meeting was held at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly being held in New York.

The Foreign Minister and the representatives of these Jewish organizations shared positive views on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to Argentina. During such visit, participants agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, especially in innovation, science and technology and the fight against terrorism, and signed agreements on mutual assistance in customs matters, social security, cooperation in public security and interior matters, including a Joint Declaration on Holocaust-related Documents.

During today's meeting, Faurie expressed the Argentine Government's willingness to continue with the investigation into the terrorist attacks on the Israeli Embassy and AMIA community centre that occurred in Argentina, as well as its commitment to investigating the death of Prosecutor Nisman.   In addition, Faurie reiterated that, on several occasions, Argentina communicated to INTERPOL its firm determination to ratify the full force of the red notices, as decided by Argentine judicial authorities.

Faurie availed himself of the opportunity to greet the representatives of these Jewish organizations on Rosh Hashanah (literally meaning "the head of the year" in Hebrew), which marks the beginning of Jewish new year No. 5778 and starts today with the appearance of the first star in the evening sky.

At different international fora, Argentina supports all resolutions condemning the defamation of religions, the denial of the Holocaust and any discriminatory practices, including discrimination based on religion. Since 2002, Argentina is the only Latin American country that is a full member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

The World Jewish Congress was founded in 1936 and represents Jewish communities and organizations in 100 countries around the world in a non-partisan fashion. It advocates for justice for Holocaust victims and their heirs, the protection of the memory of the Holocaust, the rights of the Jews in Arab countries, the fight against anti-Semitism, inter-religious dialogue and support for the State of Israel.

As for B’nai B’rith International, the organization was created in 1843 and is universally recognized as one of the main and most ancient Jewish organizations for humanitarian assistance, social action and human rights. This organization is fully committed to the security of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. It has founded hospitals, foster homes for orphans, and retirement homes; conducted aid campaigns in natural disasters, and created programmes to combat hate and intolerance. 

The American Jewish Committee was founded in 1906. It promotes the welfare of the Jewish people and fosters universal democratic values, while building coalitions among diverse ethnic and religious groups. It has achieved strong international impact regarding central issues for the Jewish people.

 

Press release No. 408/17

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