This is a reciprocal visit to the visit to Beijing of the Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Tzahi Hanegbi.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

A delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress, headed by the Vice-Chairman of the committee, Yang Guoliang, arrived in Israel yesterday (7 July 2007) on a four-day official visit. This is a reciprocal visit to the visit to Beijing of the Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Tzahi Hanegbi, in the summer of 2006.

During their visit, the members of the delegation will meet with President-Elect Shimon Peres, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Majalli Whbee, Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Association, MK Dani Yatom, MK Tzachi Hanegbi and Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Aaron Abramovich.

The delegation members will tour the Golan Heights and the site on the northern border where Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were abducted.

The National People’s Congress is China’s legislative body, and is appointed by the Party for a period of five years. The NPC convenes once a year, in March, and includes some 3000 representatives from all over China. The representatives originate from different sectors of the population, from different factions of the party, from non-party organizations and from the army. Between plenary sessions, current affairs are handled by the 159 members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, headed by the Chairman of the NPC, Wu Bangguo and 15 deputies.