Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres will be the most senior Israeli official to participate in the Second International Conference of state and economic leaders organized by former US President Bill Clinton in New York this week.
Peres will be joined by French President Jacques Chirac, King Abdullah of Jordan, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, First Lady Laura Bush, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema, outgoing Mexican President Vicente Fox, the Chilean President, King Mohammad VI of Morocco, President of the Arab League Amr Moussa, and prominent businesspeople, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Peres will use his meetings to advance the “Valley of Peace” project which includes building a joint international airport for Israel and Jordan, an aqueduct connecting the Red Sea with the Dead Sea, construction of industrial parks, infrastructure, alternative energy sources, and science parks spanning 400 kilometers, where 320 kilometers are joint Israeli-Jordanian, and 80 kilometers are Palestinian. The project will call for the 200 kilometers between Aqaba and the Dead Sea to become an economic corridor which includes joint industrial zones and plants. Peres will also present his initiative to advance economic and humanitarian cooperation between Israel and Lebanon.
The topics which will be discussed during the conference are: resolution of national, religious, and ethnic conflicts, alternative energy sources, the fight against poverty, and the war against AIDS. In addition to the conference, Peres will continue with his massive fundraising campaign for the residents of the North. Monday and Tuesday Peres will attend two fundraising events in St. Louis and in Detroit.