British Foreign Secretary to Visit

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
21 October 1999

British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, accompanied by an entourage of senior Foreign Office officials and Lord Levy, will arrive in Israel on a two-day state visit, beginning early Sunday morning, 24.10.99.

The Foreign Secretary will pay courtesy visits to President Ezer Weizman and Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg, and hold working meetings with Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister David Levy. During his meetings with Israeli officials, Secretary Cook will discuss the peace process, bilateral ties and Israel-EU relations.

Foreign Minister Levy will host Secretary Cook at an official lunch, following their working meeting, on Sunday, 24.10.99, at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Cook will also visit Yad Vashem, where he will attend a ceremony in which British citizen Frank Folly will be awarded Righteous Gentile status — for his part in the rescue of numerous Jews from the Nazi regime. Foreign Secretary Cook will also dedicate an English language study center named for late British Foreign Office official Derek Fatchett, at Tefen in the Galilee.