FM Silvan Shalom will pay an official two-day visit to the Czech Republic on June 15-16, as the guest of the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cyril Svoboda.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom will pay an official two-day visit to the Czech Republic on June 15-16, as the guest of the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cyril Svoboda.

In addition to consultations with Minister Svoboda, Minister Shalom will hold talks with President Vaclav Klaus, Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla, and with leaders of the Jewish community. He will also meet with Defense Minister Miroslav Kostelka to discuss security relations between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Shalom will brief his counterpart on the Israeli government’s decision concerning its political program and discuss with his hosts ways of expanding bilateral cooperation. Other issues on the agenda are the war on terror, antisemitism in Europe, political developments in the Middle East and Israel-EU relations.

Relations between Israel and the Czech Republic are excellent and wide-ranging. Economic and cultural ties are constantly developing, drawing their strength from a common historical and cultural heritage.