The conference will provide an opportunity to express appreciation for the work of the honorary consuls.

 Conference of honorary consuls of Israel worldwide

 

President Peres meets with honorary consuls in Jerusalem (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

A conference of honorary consuls of Israel worldwide will be held for the first time on November 6-9. An honorary consul is a respected citizen of a country (which may or may not have a permanent Israeli mission) who represents Israel in that country.

During the conference, the consuls will meet with President Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry and hold discussions about the work of an honorary consul. They will also tour Tel Aviv and visit the Israel Museum.

Forty honorary consuls from 34 countries are expected to attend the conference. In addition to the professional aspect, the conference will provide an opportunity to express appreciation for the work of the honorary consuls.

The conference was organized by the Protocol Bureau of the Foreign Ministry.

 Conference of honorary consuls of Israel worldwide

President Peres meets with honorary consuls in Jerusalem (Photo: GPO)

President Peres thanked the consuls for their work on behalf of the State of Israel, adding that the people of Israel owe them a debt of gratitude and appreciation for their dedication to advancing Israeli interests abroad and to strengthening Israel’s positive image.

The President presented a review of issues on the agenda, including: Israel’s economic situation, the Arab Spring and its implications for the region, the peace process with the Palestinians, and the Iranian nuclear threat.