Visit of Javier Solana to Israel

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
October 22, 2001

The EU Secretary General and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, will arrive today in Israel (October 22), as part of a regional tour.

During his visit, Mr. Solana will meet with Prime Minister Sharon, Defence Minister Ben-Eliezer and Knesset Speaker Burg. The EU Secretary General will also meet with Foreign Minister Peres on Thursday October 25, following his return from the United States.

Mr. Solana’s visit to Israel continues the series of visits conducted by European Foreign Ministers, following the EU Heads of State Summit in Ghent, Belgium.

The visit focuses on efforts to end the violence, and the European aspiration to bring about a return of the parties to the negotiating table.