The Foreign Minister of Italy, Franco Frattini, will arrives for a two-day visit to Israel, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

 

 Visit of Italian Foreign Minister to Israel

 

©Flash 90 / FM Shalom greets Italian FM Frattini

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Foreign Minister of Italy, Franco Frattini, will arrive today (March 16) for a two-day visit to Israel, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

During the visit, the Italian foreign minister will meet with the President of the State of Israel, Prime Minister Sharon and the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. He will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority.

The foreign ministers will discuss regional issues and ways to enhance bilateral relations. During the visit, the Foreign Ministers will also sign an agreement between Israel and Italy in the areas of culture and science, covering the years 2004-2007.

Israel and Italy enjoy close and friendly relations, with extensive cooperation in a wide variety of areas. During the period that Italy served as President of the EU, between July and December 2003, it demonstrated its friendship towards Israel, and its understanding of Israel’s security needs.

During 2004, Italy will serve as the Chair of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.