Jerusalem, November 23, 2003

The Foreign Minister of Mongolia Visits Israel
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Foreign Minister of Mongolia, Luvsan Erdenechuluun, arrived today for a four-day working visit to Israel, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

During the visit, the Foreign Minister of Mongolia will meet with the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the leader of the opposition. In addition, he will visit the Knesset and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority.

The visit will focus upon the enhancement and consolidation of bilateral ties, the promotion of trade ties between the countries, as well as the peace process in the region. Two bilateral agreements will be signed between the two countries in the course of the visit: an agreement for the protection of investments and an agreement consolidating cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries.

Israel and Mongolia enjoy friendly relations, which date back to the beginning of the 1990s. This is the first visit to Israel by a senior Mongolian official in eight years. The Minister will be accompanied by a delegation of Mongolian entrepreneurs seeking to examine opportunities for cooperation with Israeli companies and possibilities of Israeli investment in Mongolia, in the realms of industry, communications, agriculture and infrastructures.