GLASGOW NEWS
Stanley hosts Israeli diplomats

FRUITFUL VISIT: Stanley Lovatt, centre, with UK deputy ambassador Eitan Na'eh and North Europe Directorate at the Foreign Affairs Ministry director Ambassador Amira Amon

ISRAELI diplomats enjoyed a hectic two-day visit to Scotland last week.

UK deputy ambassador Eitan Na'eh and North Europe Directorate at the Foreign Affairs Ministry director ambassador Amira Amon held a series of meetings arranged by Honorary Consul of Israel in Scotland Stanley Lovatt.

In Edinburgh, they met The Scotsman newspaper editor Ian Stewart, then East Lothian MP George Kerevan and finally Future Conservative Scotland members.

In Glasgow, the diplomats met the International Development and External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf and then the Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Baillie Liz Cameron.

In the evening, a private meeting was held in Giffnock Synagogue with invited representatives of communal organisations from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Mr Lovatt said: "It was undoubtedly the highlight of the visit, with around 50 people attending, which was an excellent turnout for a private meeting.

"Both Eitan and Amira, who was making her first visit to Scotland, spoke at great length.

"They answered numerous questions from a very interested audience.

"Eitan in particular gave a full briefing on the situation in Israel and the Middle East and also spoke in depth on potential ISIS problems and the rise of antisemitism.

"The audience was enthralled and I have received very positive feedback."

The diplomats also took part in a training day, chaired by Mr Lovatt, for non-Jewish groups throughout Scotland supporting Israel.

They included the Glasgow and Edinburgh Friends of Israel, who have stalls every week in their cities, and the Dumfries and Galloway Friends of Israel.


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