(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Mr. Aharon Abramovitch, the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, left today (Sunday, 24 June) for his first visit to China. During the four-day visit (24-27 June), the Director General will meet with China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry to discuss Israel-China relations, Middle East issues and Iran.

Mr. Abramovitch will also learn about the preparations for the Beijing Olympics and Expo 2010 scheduled to take place in Shanghai, in which Israel is planning on participating.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials expressed great satisfaction with the way relations, established 15 years ago, are developing between the two countries. Encouraging the friendship and cultural ties and the steadily rising trade (more than $3 billion in 2006) with China is very important to Israel.