Warming Ties: Israeli Delegation Attends Conference in Muslim-Majority Malaysia

Bangladeshi Muslims living in Malaysia offer a prayer on a street during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)
AP/Daniel Chan

The Times of Israel reports: A team of Israeli diplomats recently visited Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country that has never had diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and that has maintained a staunch pro-Palestinian policy in international forums, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

A senior-level Israeli delegation attended a week-long conference in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by the United Nations Human Settlements Program, known as UN-Habitat, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said, confirming a report by Hadashot TV.

The first-of-its-kind visit was headed by diplomat David Roet, who has served as Israel’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Nahshon said. The Hadashot report said the delegation also included former minister Ofir Pines and other senior Foreign Ministry officials. Malaysia was compelled to host the Israelis, since it was required to grant visas to all delegations in order to hold the international conference, the report added.

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