FM Liberman dedicates temporary maternity hospital to aid earthquake victims
FM Liberman dedicates four mobile structures that will serve as a regional
maternity hospital in the Emilia-Romagna district in northern Italy, which
was hard hit by an earthquake in May.
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministers Bureau)
FM Liberman at the dedication ceremony (Photo: Ariel Nacamoli)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman was
in Mirandola on Monday to dedicate four mobile structures that will serve as
a regional maternity hospital. This area, in the Emilia-Romagna district in
northern Italy, was hard hit by an earthquake in May. The fully-equipped
mobile structures were donated jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and the Canadian philanthropist-businessman Walter Arbib, with the aid of
the United Israel Appeal. Representing the UIA at the ceremony was Chair
Eliezer (Moody) Sandberg.
FM Liberman said at the dedication ceremony that this is an additional
expression of the strong relations between Israel and Italy and of the true
friendship existing between the Italian and Israeli peoples. Italy aided
Israel at the time of the giant Carmel fire last summer, and Israel aided
Italy following the last earthquake in 2008. This extensive cooperation
between countries is also reflected on happier occasions and in many areas
and, said Liberman, we are working together on further strengthening our
On Monday FM Liberman also visited San Marino, the first Israeli minister
ever to do so. In San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, Liberman met
with the heads of state the Captains Regent and with State Secretary for
Foreign and Political Affairs Antonella Mularoni.
In honor of this historic visit, a ceremony was held in which all of the
members of the San Marino government were presented to FM Liberman. At the
ceremony, the Israeli foreign minister planted an olive tree as a symbol of
the strong relations between Israel and Italy and said that cooperation
between the two countries can be developed further in many diverse areas,
including economic, technological and others. The tree-planting ceremony was
conducted in cooperation with the JNF-KKL.
3 July 2012