(Communicated by the President’s Spokesman)
The President of Israel, Mr. Moshe Katsav, today received in his Residence five new ambassadors who presented their credentials to him.

President Katsav brought the new ambassadors up-to-date on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the prospects of advancing the political process with the Palestinians, the importance of erecting a security fence to protect the lives of Israeli citizens and not as a political boundary.  The President also discussed with the ambassadors the bilateral relations with their countries and the promotion of cooperation and the strengthening of relations.

The Ambassador of Korea, Mr. Park Kyung Tark, expressed his country’s wish to develop its relations with Israel, especially in the economic field and also congratulated the President on Maccabi Tel Aviv´s victory in the final of the European Cup in basketball.

The Ambassador of Uruguay, Mr. Alfredo Cazes Alvarez, noted that his country has been a friend of Israel since Uruguay´s historic voting in 1947 and said that his country is interested in widening its cooperation with Israel in all fields.

The Ambassador of Estonia, Mrs. Marina Kaljurand, asked to convey to the President her condolences on the murder of the pregnant mother and her four daughters on Sunday and said that as a human being, a wife and mothr, she is unable to understand terrorism against a mother and her daughters. The Ambassador said that terrorism is a universal problem and that world leaders must fight against it in every way. On the issue of anti-Semitism, the Ambassador said that Estonia is making every effort to fight anti-Semitism through legislation and educational programs for the young generation.

The Ambassador of Papua New Guinea, Ms. Jean Lucila Kekedo, gave an account of the situation in her country and said that Israel with its special history is a destination for many young people from her country.

The Ambassador of Kenya, Ms. Felistas Vunoro Khayumbi, said that she had served in Israel before and that she feels Israel is her second home.  The new Ambassador added that she regards it a challenge to promote the relations between Israel and her country.