Reigning Miss Universe on tour in Israel, says contest not political move

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Andrea Meza from Mexico says she has no problem with contest held in Israel

Reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza of Mexico has toured Israel, saying the beauty pageant shouldn’t be politicized.

The 70th Miss Universe pageant will be held in Eilat, Israel on December 12, prompting the dropping out of applicants.

The South African government has withdrawn its support for its candidate, Lalela Mswane, for her decision to attend the competition. Malaysia has announced that it will not send a candidate, however, it cited Covid as reasoning.

“Everyone with different beliefs, different origins, different cultures, they all come together and when you are there you forget about politics, your religion,” Meza said. The Associated Press before a visit to the old city of Jerusalem.

“It’s just about kissing other women. “

Meza, a software engineer, said she didn’t blame the women who wanted not to enter this year’s competition. She said she had no problem with holding the contest in Israel, according to PA.

“Yes, I saw comments on social networks” Jerusalem post reported it saying. “But Mexico and Israel have good relations … Miss Universe is not a political or religious movement.”

When asked for a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, she said she did not believe in violence and communication was key, PA reported.

“People have to compromise and I really hope we can achieve that by talking and talking,” she said.

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