FM David Levy Meets Czech FM Jan Kavan

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
July 30, 2000

The Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Dr. Goran Granic, will arrive in Israel accompanied by his wife for an official four-day visit (July 30-August 2) as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister David Levy.

The guest’s entourage will include five senior ministers: Foreign Minister Tonino Picula, Defense Minister Jozo Rados, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Hrvoje Kraljevic, Minister of Finance, Goranko Fizulic, and Minister of Tourism Pave Zupan-Ruskovic.

During the visit, the guests will hold a working meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Levy, in which they will discuss bilateral and multilateral issues, as well as exploring ways to enhance relations between the two countries. In addition, they will sign two agreements: a trade and economics agreement and an agreement for the protection of investments. The guests will also meet with the Deputy Defense Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, and the Mayor of Jerusalem. They will also visit the grave of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Yad Vashem.

This is the first visit by a senior Croatian official to Israel since the political change there following the elections of January 2000. The annihilation of the Croatian Jewish community during the Holocaust and the involvement of the local Ustase regime in the Holocaust cast a shadow over relations between the two countries. The new government has reiterated its commitment to confront its past.