French PM Jospin to Visit Israel

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
February 23, 2000

The Prime Minister of France, Mr. Lionel Jospin, will visit Israel on 23-25 February, accompanied by a delegation of 200 that will include Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Hubert Vedrine, Minister-Delegate for European Affairs Mr. Pierre Moscovici, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry, Mr. Christian Sautter, Minister of Capital Works, Transport and Housing Mr. Jean Claude Gayssot, Members of Parliament and other senior officials.

In the course of his visit, Mr. Jospin will meet with President Weizman, Prime Minister Barak, Foreign Minister Levy, other Ministers, the Speaker and other Members of the Knesset, Leader of the Opposition MK Ariel Sharon and Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert.

The French Prime Minister will begin his visit in Israel with a memorial service that will take place at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Afterwards, he will visit "Yad Vashem" and the Israel Museum, and meet many Israeli figures (business as well as spiritual and cultural leaders). He will also dedicate the new French Cultural Center in Jerusalem.

The two Prime Ministers will discuss the peace process, current bilateral issues, and issues relating to Israel’s relations with the European Union.

The visit takes place during a period characterized by intensive dialogue between the two countries, a dialogue which contributes to the strengthening ties and deepening cooperation developing between them.