This is Minister Li’s first visit to Israel, reciprocating Foreign Minister Shalom’s visit to China in November 2004.

 Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Israel

 

The two ministers at the ping pong table at the Foreign Ministry (Photo: Flash 90)

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Li Zhaoxing, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, will arrive in Israel on Sunday, 19 June, for an official visit, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom.

The visiting minister will meet with President Moshe Katsav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and will hold a talk with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who will also host a festive dinner in his honor.

In his meetings with his Israeli hosts, the Chinese minister will discuss the peace process, as well as global issues that affect both sides and ways to promote bilateral relations.

Minister Li Zhaoxing will also meet with Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Yuval Steinitz and committee members, and will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.

This is Minister Li’s first visit to Israel, reciprocating Foreign Minister Shalom’s visit to China in November 2004 and demonstrating the friendly relations existing between the two countries.

In a gesture toward the 2008 Beijing Olympiad and as an expression of the good working relationship between the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy, the two foreign ministers will lead off a friendly table tennis match between the ministry and embassy teams. The match is to be held at the ministry’s Abba Eban Atrium.