Foreign Minister of El Salvador to Visit Israel

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
April 2, 2000

The Foreign Minister of El Salvador, Maria Eugenia de Avila, will arrive in Israel on Sunday April 2 for an official four day visit as the guest of Foreign Minister David Levy. The Minister will be accompanied by the Director General for Political Affairs of the El Salvador Foreign Ministry, the designated ambassador of El Salvador to Israel, and two representatives of the small local Jewish community.

The Minister will meet with the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Minister for Regional Cooperation, the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and the Mayor of Jerusalem. During a working meeting with Foreign Minister Levy, an agreement for the mutual promotion and protection of investments and a cultural cooperation program between the two countries will be signed.

With a view to promoting the commercial ties between Israel and El Salvador, the Israel-Latin America Chamber of Commerce will hold an event in which Minister de Avila will present the possiblities for investment and business development with El Salvador.

The relations between El Salvador and Israel are particularly close. El Salvador and Costa Rica are the only countries with embassies in Jerusalem. El Salvador also acted to save the lives of many Jews during the Holocaust, and as a gesture of appreciation, the Bnai Brith organization will host a dinner in Jerusalem in honor of the guest.