Oklahoma governor meets with Israeli ambassador

Talks between Gov. Mary Fallin and Meir Shlomo centered on how Oklahoma energy companies could help Israel develop its natural gas field and the political situation both in the Middle East and the United States.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: November 2, 2012
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An Israeli ambassador met Thursday with Gov. Mary Fallin to discuss how Oklahoma energy companies could help develop its natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea and to thank her for her pro-Israel votes while she was in Congress.

“We would like to have some major companies in Oklahoma come and take part in that and maybe explore some new possibilities, maybe try to get a little bit of knowledge because we are new in the energy business,” Meir Shlomo, consul general of Israel to the Southwest, said after meeting with the governor. “What a better place to learn energy than Oklahoma.”

Israel has been dependent on external suppliers to meet its energy needs since its formation in 1948. After the Yom Kippur War and the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s, the country began seriously looking at energy self sufficiency.

‘Friend to Oklahoma'

The governor, who has traveled to Israel, said she has seen its people work to preserve liberty and democracy “in a part of the world where both can be hard to come by.”

“Israel is a friend to Oklahoma and to all of the United States, and as Ambassador Shlomo and I discussed today, we have many common interests,” she said. “I am particularly excited by the opportunity for Oklahoma's energy companies — which possess unique expertise and world class personnel — to aid the Israelis in developing their oil and gas resources.”

Shlomo said he also thanked Fallin for her votes supporting his country during the four years she served in Congress before being elected governor in 2010.

They also talked about political events in the Mideast and next week's presidential election, he said.



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