Jerusalem, May 29, 2003

Spanish Foreign Minister to Visit Israel
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

 Spanish Foreign Minister to Visit Israel-May 29- 2003
©Israel Hadari 

 Spanish Foreign Minister to Visit Israel-May 29- 2003

FM Silvan Shalom meets with
Spanish FM Ana Palacio in Jerusalem (June 1)

The Foreign Minister of Spain, Ana Palacio, will arrive in Israel on Sunday, June 1, for a working visit, as a guest of her colleague, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

During the course of the visit, her first in Israel, Minister Palacio will meet with the President of the State Moshe Katsav and Foreign Minister Shalom, and will also visit the Yad VaShem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority.

The visit will focus upon recent developments in the region, ways to promote the Israel-Palestinian peace process, and the strengthening of bilateral ties between Israel and Spain. It should be recalled that Spain is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and chairs the UN Committee against Terrorism.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1986, productive cooperation and extensive friendly ties have developed between Israel and Spain in many realms. The extent of trade between the two countries today stands at $1.3 billion annually.