Vice President of Philippines to Visit Israel

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
March 30, 2000

The Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, will visit Israel (31/3-4/4) accompanied by a large delegation that includes senior officials and leading business people, among them the presidents of the most important business concerns in the Philippines.

This will be the highest ranking visit from the Philippines to Israel since diplomatic relations were established between the two states in 1957.

The relations between Israel and the Philippines, with its largely Catholic population, are extremely friendly. There is a historic friendship, as the Philippines gave refuge to Jews fleeing Europe following the rise of Nazism, as well as having supported the 1947 U.N. partition plan and Israel’s application for membership to that organization.

During her visit to Israel, the Vice President will meet with the President of Israel, the Acting Speaker of the Knesset, Foreign Minister, Minister for Regional Cooperation and the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. Dr. Macapagal Arroyo will also have meetings with key figures in Israel’s economy and will visit advanced technology companies and factories, in addition to educational and social welfare institutions.

The role of vice president is the second highest position in the Republic of the Philippines.