Jerusalem, 4 August 1999

PM Barak Meets Finnish FM Halonen

(Communicated by Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Barak met yesterday evening (Tuesday) 3.8.99, with Finnish Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen. The Prime Minister briefed the Finnish Foreign Minister on his talks in Russia, Monday. He emphasized that Israel is determined to reach a peace agreement with its neighbors, an agreement that will strengthen Israel’s security and end the 100-year conflict. He noted that Europe has an important role in the multilateral channels and he places great importance on Europe’s support for the peace process.

FM Halonen expressed her hope that a fertile dialogue between Israel and the European Union would now begin.

Finland is currently serving a term as President of the European Union.