Historic first: Israeli minister meets Iraqi president

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday accomplished what some in the region will view as something of a diplomatic coup when he met and shook hands with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

News photographs showed both Barak and Talabani smiling widely as they shared a few friendly words and what looked like a warm handshake as they attended the 23rd congress of the Socialist International in Athens, Greece.

The impromptu meeting was the first time such a high-ranking Israeli had held a public friendly chat with an Iraqi leader.

Barak also met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and warned him that if a peace deal is not reached in the coming months, it will be the fault of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

The Socialist International - a global movement of social democratic, socialist and labour parties - bills itself as a foundation builder of the New World Order.

Want more news from Israel?
Click Here to sign up for our FREE daily email updates

Current Issue

Get Your Israel Today App Now!

Your Vacation Apartment in Jerusalem


For Information & Reservations:

E-Mail: info@israeltoday.co.il

TEL.: +972-2-6226881


Popular Posts