The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, will arrive in Israel tomorrow (1 June) for a three-day visit.  This is the first time an Ethiopian Prime Minister is visiting Israel.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, will arrive in Israel tomorrow (1 June) for a three-day visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. This is the first time an Ethiopian Prime Minister is visiting Israel, and both states assign great importance to the event.

During the visit, Prime Minister Zenawi will meet with President Katsav, Prime Minister Sharon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom, Science Technology Minister Eliezer Sandberg, the Head of the Opposition, and leaders of the business community. The Prime Minister will also visit Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, and place a wreath on Yitzhak Rabin’s grave.

Israel and Ethiopia have been developing and strengthening their ties since the renewal of diplomatic relations in December 1989. The Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel acts as a bridge between the two peoples.