Jerusalem, July 13, 2003

Czech Foreign Minister Visits Israel
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, Cyril Svoboda, arrived on Saturday evening (July 12) for a working visit to Israel, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

During his visit, Foreign Minister Svoboda will meet with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, the Minister of Industry and Trade, and the Acting Chairman of the Labor Party.

In recent months, Foreign Minister Svoboda has conducted an uncompromising foreign policy on the issue of the war against terror and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This policy was also applied in the case of Iraq, when the Czech Republic supported the United States and its allies. This uncompromising policy also applies today, with a campaign initiated by Prague for action by EU countries against terrorism and its sponsors.

Israel and the Czech Republic enjoy very warm and friendly relations. Israel hopes that following the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU in 2004, the friendly ties between the two countries will contribute to a balanced policy in the EU on Middle East issues.