OECD conference to stay in Jerusalem, no cancellation

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 9, 2010 21:02




An Organization of Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) tourism conference scheduled to take place in Jerusalem in late October will not be canceled after and agreement was reached between Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria in Washington on Saturday.

Earlier it was reported that Gurria sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu  warning that comments by Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov had put the organization's upcoming meeting in Jerusalem into question.

After meeting in Washington, it emerged that the OECD chief complained to Steinitz saying the conference was politicized, adding that his organization deals in strictly financial matters.

Steinitz requested that the conference not be moved to Tel Aviv, as had been suggested, and said Israel refrain from making any political statements regarding the conference.


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