Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez
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Jerusalem rebukes Spanish envoy over PA statement

Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo explains Madrid's support of Palestinian bid for statehood depends on EU's stance, requests phrasing before UN

The Foreign Ministry summoned Spain's ambassador to Israel on Monday, following a statement by Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez suggesting that Madrid will support the Palestinian Authority UN bid for statehood in September.


Naor Gilon, head of the Foreign Ministry's European Division, expressed disappointment in Jimenez's statement, saying Madrid's stance was surprising "especially given the excellent bilateral relations between the two nations."  


Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo explained that Foreign Minister Jimenez' statements were taken somewhat out of context, adding that Spain's position on the matter was contingent on both the EU's stance and the phrasing of the Palestinians' request.


Iranzo stressed that Madrid would not be able to support the PA's bid unless it was "phrased in a balanced way and addresses the need the resume negotiations between the parties, and maintain Israel's security. Without these parameters, Spain will not be able to support the request."


Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon is expected to arrive in Madrid on Wednesday to discuss the matter further with several senior members of the Spanish government.


Elior Levy contributed to this report




פרסום ראשון: 08.22.11, 18:10
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