12/13/2006, 00.00
VATICAN – ISRAEL
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Cordial ‘atmosphere’ at the Bilateral Holy See-Israel Commission

by Arieh Cohen
Both parties speak of progress. Next meeting scheduled for January 29.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – The Bilateral Permanent working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel met this morning at the seat of the Foreign Ministry of Israel. At the end of the meeting, the delegations approved a joint communiqué, in which they spoke, in an “atmosphere of great cordiality”, of “progress” in the talks, expressed a “share commitment to speed up the negotiations”, and noted that the next meeting will take place on the 29th of January.

Negotiations aim at finalising the economic component of the 1993 Fundamental Agreement to protect the Church’s tax status in Israel and protect Catholic holy sites and properties.

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