FM Liberman will meet with government officials and leaders of local Jewish communities.

 FM Liberman visits Italy and the Vatican


(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman will leave on Sunday evening (6 March) for a visit to Italy and the Vatican. In Rome, he will meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, FM Franco Frattini, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni and Parliament Speaker Gianfranco Fini. FM Liberman is expected to discuss with his hosts the wave of refugees flooding Israel and Europe in the wake of events in the Middle East. He will tell them that the Western states must formulate a unified approach and pass legislation to deal with the situation.

 At the Vatican, FM Liberman will meet with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, and Archbishop Dominique Mambarti, Secretary for Relations with States.

In Rome, FM Liberman will also meet with the Secretary of State of the Republic of San Marino, Antonella Mularoni, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, and heads of the Italian Jewish community. He also will speak at a JNF-KKL convention.

FM Liberman will visit Milano and meet with the director general of Expo Milano and with the organizers of Expo 2015 to promote the involvement of Israeli companies in building the exhibition site’s infrastructure. Liberman will be accompanied by the director general of the Export Institute, Avi Hefetz. In Milano, Liberman will meet with leaders of the Jewish community there. In Torino, Liberman will meet with the Italy-Israel Friendship Association and with local Jewish community leaders.