FM Livni and President Yushchenko discussed issues concerning Jewish history and heritage in the Ukraine, and necessary means for preserving Jewish sites and combating anti-Semitism.

 FM Livni meets with Ukrainian President Yushchenko


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(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met on Wednesday, 14 November with Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko.

FM Livni congratulated President Yushchenko on the announcement of his recognition of the importance of Jewish sites in the Ukraine, and his intention to preserve their unique character. FM Livni added that a large part of the Israeli population is pleased to hear this announcement, and that it was wise to start the visit on this positive note.

FM Livni and President Yushchenko also discussed the need to promote the teaching of the history of the Jewish People in the Ukraine as a means of combating anti-Semitism and preserving Jewish sites in that country. They agreed to establish a joint Israeli-Ukrainian team that will submit operative recommendations on this issue to both governments.