B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
A delegation of B’nai B’rith leaders met in Israel with Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, who was visiting the Jewish state. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Humala said: “Peru wants to cooperate with Israel and become its most significant Latin American partner.”
B’nai B’rith commends Humala for his commitment to strengthening ties with Israel.
The B’nai B’rith delegation and Humala discussed the United Nations, Middle East peace and the recent admission of Israel as an observer at the Latin Pacific Alliance. The group also conferred about B’nai B’rith’s humanitarian aid in the wake of a 2007 earthquake in Peru as well as the Peruvian government’s poverty-reduction efforts.
Israel’s Ambassador to Peru Modi Ephraim, and Peru’s Ambassador to Israel José Luis Salinas Montes, also took part in the meetings with the B’nai B’rith delegation. The B’nai B’rith delegation included President Allan J. Jacobs; Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin; Millie Magid, Roslyn, N.Y.; and Alan Schneider, director of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.
B’nai B’rith has strong ties across Latin America. The B’nai B’rith lodge in Lima was founded in 1956.
B’nai B’rith leaders were in Israel for a Conference of Presidents annual leadership mission.
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