Chinese President to Visit Israel

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
April 6, 2000

The President of China, Jiang Zemin, will arrive in Israel for an official visit (12-18/4) at the invitation of President Weizman. This will be the first visit to Israel by a Chinese president. Jiang is also the Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Israeli visit will be the first in a tour that will include the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and South Africa.

During the visit, Jiang will meet with the President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, the Foreign Minister, the Head of the Opposition and the Minister for Regional Cooperation. He will visit Yad Vashem and tour the Old City as well as agricultural projects in the northern Arava, high-tech industries, a kibbutz and the Dead Sea.

Ways to advance relations between the two countries (established in 1992) will be discussed, and opinions exchanged concerning the Middle East Peace Process and subjects of common interest.