Asian and Pacific Ambassadors Host Luncheon for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Top (L-R) Mr. Luke Davies, Chargé d'Affaires of Australia, H.E. Prahlad Kumar Prasai, Ambassador of Nepal, H.E. Hideo Sato,Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Jukr Boon-Long, Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Kim Il-Soo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Myo Aye, Ambassador of Myanmar;Bottom (L-R) H.E. Ta Duy Chinh, Ambassador of Vietnam, H.E. Generoso Calonge, Ambassador of the Philippines, H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, H.E. Gao Yanping, Ambassador of China, H.E. Jaideep Sarkar, Ambassador of India, H.E. Sarath Devesena Wijesinghe, Ambassador of Sri Lanka.

AsianandPacificAmbassadors219 December 2012, Jerusalem – The Asian and Pacific Ambassadors Group in Israel hosted a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. The event, which was organized by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv on behalf of the group, was attended by Ambassadors and representatives from the Embassies of Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Officials from the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present during the luncheon.

As the head of the group, Philippine Ambassador Generoso Calonge welcomed the Prime Minister and thanked him for taking the time to join the Ambassadors for lunch. He noted that the luncheon meeting was an opportunity to exchange ideas, reaffirm their respective countries' ties with Israel and explore more venues for cooperation, cultural exchanges and people to people contacts.

AsianandPacificAmbassadors3Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the Ambassadors for their invitation and stated that Israel was very happy that its ties with the Asian and Pacific countries was rapidly increasing. He also expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to discuss regional and world issues with the group, and highlighted the peace and security issues that Israel faces today.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also extended his government's condolences on the recent disaster brought about by Typhoon Pablo (international name "Bopha") in the Philippines and requested the Philippine Embassy to coordinate with his office on possible assistance that the Israeli Government can extend to the victims of the typhoon.

The conclusion of the luncheon meeting saw the Ambassadors and the Prime Minister raising a toast to stronger relations between their countries and a just and meaningful peace for the region and the world. – END –