Greek President to Visit Israel – May 14, 2000

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
May 14, 2000

The President of Greece, Constantinos Stephanopoulos, will arrive tomorrow in Israel for an official visit to last two days (15-16 May). This is the first visit ever by a Greek president to Israel.

The Greek President, who is coming as a guest of President Weizman, will meet with the Prime Minister, the Head of the Opposition, the Mayor of Jerusalem and with Speaker of the Knesset Avraham Burg, during the course of his visit to the Knesset on the opening day of the summer session.

The President will also visit "Yad Vashem", and, at his request, the grave of Yitzhak Rabin.

In additions, the Greek President will deliver the keynote address at a symposium for Israeli and Greek businessmen in Tel Aviv.

Accompanying the President will be a entourage of some 140 officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Elissavet Papazoi, Directors-General of government ministries, a large delegation of Greek businessmen, university presidents and an especially large contingent of Greek media.

The visit culminates a process of increasingly close ties between Greece and Israel that have been developing over the past year, which, it is hoped, will be strengthened even more as a result of this visit.