|Irish Foreign Minister Visits Israel|
(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, is arriving in Israel today, September 10th, in the framework of a regional visit that will include Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Syria and Lebanon. This is the first visit of an Irish Foreign Minister to Israel since 1996, and the first-ever visit of Mr. Cowen.
In the course of his visit to Israel, the Irish Minister will meet with the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Head of the Opposition and the families of Israeli POWs and MIAs. He will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority.
During his meetings, Mr. Cowen will be briefed on recent events in the region, with a view towards helping further the peace process. Ireland is a member of the UN Security Council.
The visiting Minister will also discuss with his hosts bi-lateral relations between the two countries. Trade between the two states stands today at about $650 million.