French FM will discuss bilateral and regional issues with Israeli ministers

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman’s bureau)

The foreign minister of France, Bernard Kouchner, is arriving in Israel today (10 September) for a three-day visit. This is his first visit to Israel since assuming the office of foreign minister following the May 2007 elections in France.

FM Kouchner will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Vice Premier Haim Ramon and head of the Opposition, Binyamin Netanyahu. He will also visit Yad Vashem, theHolocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority and lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance.

The visiting minister will discuss with his hosts various subjects relating to French-Israeli relations as well as regional diplomatic issues.

FM Kouchner, accompanied by Minister of Education Yuli Tamir, will dedicate the new French-Israeli school in Mikve Israel. At the completion of their studies, the students will receive a matriculation certificate recognized in both Israel and in France.