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.

Thursday, March 4th 2010

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