Jordanian to take charge of Mediterranean Union



MADRID- The first head of the new Mediterranean Union, Jordan's Ahmad Masa'deh, will assume his duties on Thursday at a ceremony in Barcelona, Spain's foreign ministry said Wednesday.
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh will attend the event at the organisation's headquarters, the ministry said in a statement.



A family handout picture shows Jordanian Ahmad Masa'deh
A family handout picture shows Jordanian Ahmad Masa'deh
Masa'deh, a former Jordanian ambassador to the European Union, was formally nominated secretary general of the new body in January.
Launched at a Paris summit in July 2008, the Mediterranean Union groups all 27 EU member states with countries in North Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world as well as Israel in a bid to foster cooperation in one of the world's most volatile regions.
The 43 participating countries have a combined population of over 750 million people. The project has already become a victim of the war in the Gaza Strip that ended on January 18 last year. Arab countries refused to sit next to Israel during meetings of the group.
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Thursday, March 4th 2010
AFP
           


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