Slovenian Foreign Minister visits Israel as part of a regional tour.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, Foreign Minister of Slovenia, arrived on Sunday (6-May) on an official visit to Israel. The visit is part of a tour of the region which also includes his participation in the EU- Gulf States Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting to be held in Riyadh. This trip is part of a preliminary tour in preparation for Slovenia’s premiership of the EU which will commence in 2008.

FM Rupel will meet with Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Vice Premier and Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galillee Shimon Peres. In addition, he will inaugurate the office of the Slovenian Honorary Consul, Eival Giladi, hold a round-table discussion with academic researchers at the School of Strategic Studies and meet with public figures and EU and UN representatives.

This is FM Rupel’s third visit to Israel. In April 1992 he signed the bilateral agreement for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Slovenia and Israel. FM Rupel was previously a professor of sociology and was active in an anti-communist organization during the 1980’s.