(Communicated by the President’s Spokeswoman)

President Moshe Katsav this morning (Wednesday), 7 July, 2004, sent a condolence telegram to Austria’s Acting President, Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel, and expressed his sincerest and deepest condolences, and those of the Israeli people to the Austrian people and the Klestil family, on the passing of Austrian President Dr. Thomas Klestil.

President Katsav noted that the late President Klestil will always be remembered as a friend of the Jewish People and the state of Israel who worked tirelessly to promote and improve bilateral relations.  President Katsav wrote that he hopes that the late President Klestil’s legacy of brotherhood and reconciliation will be remembered forever in both Austria and the world.