Visit of Javier Solana

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
December 10, 2001

The European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Mr. Javier Solana, will arrive tomorrow for a visit in Israel, as part of the EU effort to promote an end to the violence in the region.

In the course of his visit, Mr. Solana will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and with Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer.

The visit will take place immediately following the GAC meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels (in which Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is also taking part) and prior to the 14-15 December Summit of EU leaders in Laeken, Belgium, in which, among other issues, the Middle East crisis is expected to be discussed.