FM Peres talks with French FM de Villepin

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
May 23, 2002

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres talked today (Thursday), May 23, 2002, with his French counterpart Foreign Affairs Minister Dominique de Villepin. Foreign Affairs Minister de Villepin expressed his condolences over the terror attack in Rishon Lezion, and said in regard to the fire in the Israeli Embassy in Paris that "it is very sad to see a symbol of our good relations go up in flames. Our relationship with Israel is very important to us."

Foreign Minister Peres thanked the French Foreign Minister for his expressions of sympathy for Israel and the embassy staff, and for the efforts expended in putting out the fire.