Jerusalem, 14 July 1999

PM Barak Meets Turkish President Demirel

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Barak, today (Wednesday), 14.7.99, in Jerusalem met with visiting Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and emphasized that Israel views its relations with Turkey as extremely important, and that these relations pose no threat or hindrance to Israel’s relations with other countries.

"We are currently experiencing renewed momentum in the peace process with our Arab neighbors," the Prime Minister said. "I intend to continue this process with full determination until we reach a comprehensive settlement."

Prime Minister Barak stressed that the visit by President Demirel, the first foreign leader to visit Israel since the Prime Minister assumed office, symbolizes the close relations between the two countries.

The two men discussed Middle East regional processes, bilateral relations and expressed their hope for continued fruitful cooperation in joint economic and social projects.