Peres 370 (Marc).
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Five new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Shimon Peres on
Ambassadors Jurk Boon Long of Thailand, Prahlad Kumar Prasal
of Nepal, Branko Kosic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fernando Carderera Soler of
Spain and non-resident ambassador Solo N. Mara of Fiji discussed globalization,
bilateral scientific cooperation and specific local issues, each separately with
Peres credited globalization with reducing racism. The
time has come, Peres said, for global companies to group together, and do what
governments can’t do, such as for instance investing in underdeveloped countries
which will become their future markets.
Peres was gratified to hear King
Bhumibol of Thailand was recovering from his illness and able to carry out royal
visits and receptions. Long thanked Israel for sending water management experts
to Thailand following last year’s floods. He also announced an October visit
from Princess Chulabhorn Mahidal, who is involved in advancing scientific
cooperation between the two countries, and has added the Hebrew Tzila to her
“She considers Israel her second home and always talks to people
about Israel,” Long said.
On behalf of President Ram Baran Yadav, Prasal
invited Peres to Nepal for an official visit, and Israeli businesses to invest
in his country. Peres recalled the visit of Israel’s second president, Yitzhak
Ben-Zvi, to Nepal and his translation of several Nepalese poems.
was curious about the workings of the presidency there, and Kosic explained that
during the four years of the presidential term a Bosnian, a Croat and a Serb
take eightmonth turns. He brought greetings from President Bakir Izetbegovic, a
Bosnian, plus an invitation to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Upon Peres’s
prompting, Kosic said he was hopeful an application to the EU could be made by
the end of this year.
Carderera Soler, an expert on the EU, had the
longest discussion with Peres, saying he was particularly honored to present his
credentials to Peres, who had been prime minister in January 1986 and
co-signatory with then-Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzales, on the
establishment of diplomatic ties. Peres congratulated Carderera Soler on Spain’s
European Cup victory and said Spain had many soccer fans in Israel. They
discussed solutions to Spain’s economic crisis and cooperation in science and
technology. “You don’t have natural resources, but you have a brain – and you
use it,” said Carderera Soler. “You have created a modern society because of the
use of your brain.”
Peres told Mara, who brought greetings from President
Brig.-Gen. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, that Israel appreciated Fiji’s courage and its
friendship towards Israel. Mara thanked Israel for its agricultural,
health and technical assistance, and looked forward to the same regarding
renewable energy. Fiji plans to have a new constitution by 2013 with provisions
for ethnic inclusiveness and equal economic opportunities.