FM Shalom met with Polish President Kwasniewski and praised Poland as a true friend and partner of the State of Israel in the international community.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski this afternoon (13 October 2004). During their meeting, Shalom praised Poland as a true friend and partner of the State of Israel in the international community and noted that the close relationship between the two countries is not based only on the memory of the Holocaust, but also on shared values and interests. Poland attracts the largest Israeli investment in all Europe and serves as one of the leading countries in the struggle against anti-Semitism and Holocaust education and remembrance.
FM Shalom suggested that Poland, in cooperation with other countries, initiate activities to commemorate 60 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camps. President Kwasniewski answered in the affirmative. The two leaders discussed preparations for the planned visits next year by Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the annual March of the Living.
After discussing the importance of Holocaust education, FM Shalom told the Polish president that a large group of Israeli students was on his flight, traveling to Poland to study the history of its people and to experience modern Poland. The Polish president plans to visit Israel this coming March for the opening of the renovated Yad Vashem Museum.