| Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Croatia to Visit Israel|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Croatia, Dr. Mate Granic, will conduct an official visit in Israel as guest of Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 10-13, 1998.
This will be the first visit by a senior Croatian official since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Croatia on September 4, 1997.
The establishment of diplomatic relations was made possible following the statement issued by the Croatian government condemning the fascist Ustacchi regime in Croatia during World War II, and in particular its crimes against the Jews.
During his visit, Foreign Minister Granic intends to re-emphasize Croatia’s declared desire to overcome the events of the past and to create good relations with Israel. To this end, he asked that his visit begin at Yad Vashem, and will issue a statement in this spirit at its conclusion.
In the course of his visit, the Croatian Foreign Minister will meet with the President, the Speaker of the Knesset, the Ministers of Industry and Trade and Tourism, and the Director-General of the Foreign Ministry. He will also hold a working meeting with Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Netanyahu, during which they will discuss possibilities for cooperation and sign several agreements in the areas of air transport, tourism, and visa exemption for diplomatic passports.