The President of Mexico to Visit Israel

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
March 2, 2000

The President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo and his wife will pay an official visit to Israel (4-7 March), at the invitation of President and Mrs. Weizman. President Zedillo will be accompanied by a delegation that includes the Foreign Minister, Ms. Rosario Green, the Minister of Trade and Industrial Development, Mr. Herminio Blanco, as well as a large number of high ranking officials, business people and representatives of the Jewish community of Mexico.

During his stay, the visiting President will meet with the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, the Foreign Minister, the head of the opposition, the Mayor of Jerusalem and the Minister for Regional Development, who will greet the visitor at the official welcoming ceremony at Ben-Gurion airport.

The main purpose of the visit is to mark the successful conclusion of the free trade agreement between Israel and Mexico – which will be signed by Foreign Minister David Levy and for Mexico by its Foreign Minister and Minister of Trade – during a ceremony to be held at the Residence of the President.

Concurrent to President Zedillo’s visit, a business seminar – on the occasion of the signing of the free trade agreement – will be held in Tel Aviv with the participation of business people from Mexico and Israel. The seminar will be concluded by the President of Mexico and the Minister for Regional Development, Shimon Peres.