MINNEAPOLIS (November 10, 2010) – U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5th) announced he will attend the 2010 MEDays Conference in Tangier, Morocco as part of an international panel of experts.
The conference, taking place this week, is hosted by the independent Moroccan think-tank Amadeus. In conjunction with his role on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as part of his on-going work in Congress to promote peace, Ellison will participate in sessions entitled “Special Session Middle East: Which New Initiatives Could Restart the Peace Process?” and “Peacebuilding: Is Afghanistan an Open Air Laboratory?”
Ellison is also scheduled to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, and Minneapolis native, Sam Kaplan. Ambassador Kaplan and Congressman Ellison will meet to discuss U.S.-Moroccan relations and to promote Minnesota business opportunities abroad.
Other MEDays Conference participants include: Saeb Erakat, Chief Negotiator of the Palestinian Authority; Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League; Marc Otte, EU Special Representative for Middle East Peace Process; Taieb Fassi Fihri, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Daniel Ben Simon, Member of Israeli Knesset (not confirmed); Tarek Mitiri, Minister of Communication, Lebanon; Abdullah Abdullah, Former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan; Zalmai Haqani, Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to France and Morocco; Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan; Jehangir Karamat, and Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S.; Michael Steiner, German Special Representative for Afghanistan.