Hungarian Foreign Minister to visit Israel

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
January 26, 2002

The Foreign Minister of Hungary, Dr. Janos Martonyi, will arrive in Israel tomorrow, 27 January, for an official two-day visit, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. This is the Hungarian minister’s first official visit to Israel.

The purpose of Dr. Martonyi’s visit is to discuss current issues of common interest as well as ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

During his visit, the Hungarian minister will meet with the Israeli President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, the Deputy Foreign Minister and the Head of the Opposition. Dr. Martonyi will also visit Yad Vashem, place a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, and give a speech on behalf of the Israel Council for Foreign Relations. MK Yosef (Tommy) Lapid, Chairman of the Israel-Hungary Parliamentary Friendship Association, will host Dr. Martonyi for dinner at his home.

Israel renewed relations with Hungary in September 1989. Foreign Minister Peres met with top Hungarian officials when he visited Hungary in August 2001.