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|14 Oct 2009
Official Israeli delegates attend the International Renewable Energy Agency Administrative Committee Meeting in Abu Dhabi.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman)
The IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) Administrative Committee
Meeting opened in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday
(12 October 2009). This is the first meeting in the city, which was
designated as the interim headquarters of the Agency by representatives of
Israel was represented at the meeting, which was attended by 150 delegates
from 70 countries, by Simona Halperin, Director of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' Human Rights and International Organizations and Dr. Avraham Arbiv
of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Despite the fact that Israel does not
have diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, the Israeli
representatives were received as equal members, and the Israeli flag flew
for the first time in that country.
In his opening speech, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar
Mohammed Gargash, emphasized his country's commitment to achieving the goals
of the Agency and the importance of the cooperation of all member countries.
Dr. Gargash added that the meeting symbolizes the determination of the
entire world to prepare for the depletion of oil reserves in the future, and
the willingness of the UAE to lead this effort to diversify the world's
The city of Masdar - designed to be the first green city in the world -
which will be built near Abu Dhabi, was chosen as the official location of
the International Renewable Energy Agency.
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