High Ranking Diplomats, Including Ambassadors to the U.S. from Azerbaijan and Zambia, Visit Israel

September 8th, 2015

Project Interchange U.S.: Myra Clark-Siegel, clarksiegelm@projectinterchange.org
Project Interchange Israel: Avital Leibovich, leibovicha@ajc.org

High Ranking Diplomats, Including Ambassadors to the U.S. from Azerbaijan and Zambia, Visit Israel
AJC Project Interchange Delegation Will Meet with High-Level Government Officials and Explore Regional Geo-Strategic Challenges

September 8, 2015 – (Jerusalem, Israel) – A diverse delegation of Ambassadors and Consuls General posted to Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, is currently in Israel for intensive briefings and site visits with AJC Project Interchange. The diplomats represent countries with current and emerging partnerships with Israel, including Ambassadors from Azerbaijan and Zambia, and Consuls General from Bulgaria, France, Germany, and the Philippines. Since 2012, Project Interchange has led delegations of diplomats to Israel from nearly 30 different countries, with this delegation marking the fifth of its kind.

Of particular note is the participation of Azerbaijan, a country bordering Iran and Georgia, with a population that is 93 percent Muslim. Azerbaijan and Israel have engaged in strategic and economic relations since 1992, with Israel among the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan as an independent nation after it broke free of the Soviet Union.

Like all PI delegations, these diplomats will interact with a diverse range of experts and leaders: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Israelis, and Palestinians, as they travel throughout Israel and also engage in meetings with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah. This educational experience will also provide the diplomats the important opportunity to build relationships with their professional counterparts, including private meetings with members of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem and senior Palestinian leaders in Ramallah.

The delegation will travel across much of Israel, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Sderot, and the Northern border, exploring the region’s geo-political environment and Israel’s accomplishments and challenges. Sessions and site visits reflect specific areas of interest to participants including: Arab-Israeli education, humanitarian aid, international cooperation, challenges along Israel’s borders, Israeli law, history and culture, and discussions on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Robin Levenston, Executive Director of AJC Project Interchange, stated, “Project Interchange is honored to host this esteemed delegation of global leaders in Israel. It is our hope that this experience provides a platform for deeper understanding of the region’s challenges and opportunities as well as areas of commonality between their countries and Israel.”

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AJC Project Interchange
For over 30 years, Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee) has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 89 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and firsthand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. For more, visit projectinterchange.org.