Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean was snubbed by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite a request by Israel’s own foreign minster to meet the Romanian minister, according to Israeli news service Haaretz. Corlăţean met Israeli President Shimon Peres on October 9, in a meeting that was “conducted in a very warm atmosphere,” according to the Romanian Foreign Ministry, and also “represented a confirmation of the special bilateral relations and an opportunity for approaching certain topical international issues.”
President Peres described the Romanian-born Jewish community as “one of the largest to have survived the Holocaust and one that contributed to building the modern Jewish state.” They discussed bilateral cooperation in science, fighting terrorism and finance and the Romanian minister also raised the possibility of Israeli participation in the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) super powered laser project in Magurele, Romania.
Despite the apparent success of the meeting with the Shimon Peres, Titus Corlăţean did not get a chance to see the PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli PM’s office said the Prime Minister was too busy with the early election to see the Romanian minister, despite pleas from Israel’s Foreign Minister, according to Israeli news service Haaretz.
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