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Qatar extends unprecedented invitation to Israeli FM
Al Bawaba ^ | 10/24/06

Posted on 10/24/2006 6:52:42 AM PDT by Valin

In what has been labeled by some a “breakthrough” in Middle East political relations, Qatar on Tuesday extended an invitation to Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to visit the Arab nation for the first time.

Experts are calling the invitation a part of efforts by “moderate legates” of Arab countries to lead to a diplomatic breakthrough in the region. According to Ynet, the invitation and the possibility of Israel taking up Qatar on the unprecedented move will reportedly be discussed by Israeli leaders on Tuesday afternoon.

Last year, relations between the two countries began to show signs of warming when the foreign minister at the time, Silvan Shalom, met with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasam al-Thani, in New York at the United Nations headquarters.

Qatar at the time revealed that it was contemplating establishing open diplomatic relations with Israel.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: qatar

1 posted on 10/24/2006 6:52:42 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Valin

Outstanding.


2 posted on 10/24/2006 6:56:32 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Valin
Great news, if true. It needs follow-up to see how the other Gulf States react.
3 posted on 10/24/2006 6:57:38 AM PDT by E8Ret
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To: Valin

It may have something to do with the fact that she's very good looking.


4 posted on 10/24/2006 8:01:45 AM PDT by Malesherbes
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5 posted on 10/24/2006 1:07:07 PM PDT by SJackson (A vote is like a rifle, its usefulness depends upon the character of the user, T. Roosevelt)
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To: Valin

Well, it definitely is a breakthrough and very good news. I think there probably are some Muslims out there who would like to break the eternal conquest-and-or-kill cycle, and I hope Qatar is but the first of many.


6 posted on 10/24/2006 1:09:54 PM PDT by livius
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