(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom will depart tomorrow (18 May) for a three-day working visit to Spain.

During his visit, the Foreign Minister will meet with the King, Don Juan Carlos I; the Prime Minister, Jose Zapatero; the Foreign Minister, Miguel Moratinos; the head of the Jewish community, and other personalities. He will also visit the site of the terrorist attack that occurred in Madrid in March and pay tribute to the memory of the victims.

Mr. Shalom will hold discussions with senior officials of the new Spanish government about enhancing bilateral cooperation and also about counter-terrorism, European antisemitism, the political process in the Middle East, and Israel’s relations with the EU.

Israel and Spain enjoy good relations in a wide variety of fields. Particularly strong are the cultural ties, which have existed for many years, and economic and commercial relations, which have expanded and developed considerably since the establishment of relations between the two states.