Jerusalem, Sep 21 (EFE).- The Minister of Foreign Action of the Generalitat, Victòria Alsina, traveled today to Jerusalem as part of her official stay in Israel and the Palestinian territories, where she underlined its intentions to strengthen the Catalan institutional presence and the ties with the Jewish State, as well as the cooperation with Palestine.

This trip “aims to identify medium and long-term collaboration options in which Catalonia and Israel have common interests”, such as economy, research or innovation, as well as “collaborations in the field of memory historical, diaspora or Jewish heritage,” Alsina told reporters.

He also stressed that “Palestine has long been a priority country for Catalan cooperation”, an area he explored yesterday, during meetings with Palestinian NGOs in the occupied West Bank who receive Catalan funds.

In turn, today he also held meetings in Jerusalem with officials from the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

The councilor made a floral offering this morning at the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem) in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, during a visit to express “a message of friendship between the people of Israel and that of Catalonia”.

This link “comes a long way and still has many pages in common to write”, noted the minister, who did not give specific details when asked about possible plans to open a new delegation of the Generalitat in Israel.

In previous days, there was speculation that Alsina may have made an announcement in this regard during his stay in the Jewish state, although he ultimately reportedly ruled out taking this step.

Regarding this issue, the adviser said that after this trip there will be an in-depth debate on how to articulate the Catalan institutional presence in Israel, “also following the logic of the Abraham agreements”, pacts by which Israel normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco in 2020, and which Alsina praised.

As he assured, these agreements “open up new possibilities for collaboration at the regional level, also following a logic of Mediterranean policies, which are very important” for the Catalan government.

Alsina also underlined his criticism of the resolution approved in June by the Catalan Parliament, which considered that the regime that Israel applies to the Palestinian territories could be described as a “crime of apartheid”.

“The first thing I did after its approval was to call the Israeli ambassador in Madrid to inform him that this position had no translation into the position of the government of Catalonia” with Israel, has said the adviser.

“We believe that Israel and Catalonia have many common interests and many opportunities to work together, so these relations will continue,” Alsina concluded. EFE


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