FM Silvan Shalom met with Liu Jingmin, Vice-Mayor of Beijing and Executive Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met today with Liu Jingmin, Vice-Mayor of Beijing and Executive Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee.
Foreign Minister Shalom praised the impressive achievements of China at the Athens Olympics, taking second place with 63 medals.
The Foreign Minister asked that the Beijing Olympics be the first to include a special event in memory of the Israeli sportsmen murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Mr. Shalom raised the subject of the participation and contribution of Israeli companies in the 2004 Athens Olympics and pointed out that more than ten Israeli companies won tenders worth a total of $220-250 million in the fields of security, communications, development and infrastructure, landscaping, environment, and water.
The Israeli foreign minister stressed that in light of the excellent relations between the two countries, and the proven abilities of these and other companies, it is to be hoped that Israeli companies will also take part in projects and tenders for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Executive Vice President of the Olympic Committee Liu Jingmin said that China has had good experience with Israeli companies, and in fact one Israeli company is already working with them. China will be happy to develop ties with Israeli companies in the fields of security, energy conservation, infrastructures, water and irrigation, he continued. He added that China is interested in these technologies and that Israel is the best country for consultations on the subject of water. Liu noted that China plans to build a park covering seven square kilometers, and that Israel will definitely be able to participate in projects and tenders during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.