During the visit by Costa Rica Foreign Minister Roberto Tovar Faja, a Consultation Agreement between the foreign ministries of the two countries will be signed along with an International Cooperation Agreement.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Roberto Tovar Faja, will arrive in Israel on February 20 for an official visit, as a guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.

During the course of the visit, Foreign Minister Roberto Tovar Faja will meet with the President of Israel Moshe Katsav, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Ehud Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, leader of the opposition Yosef Lapid, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Yuval Shteinitz and Mayor of Jerusalem Uri Lupolianski. He will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and the Galilee.

During the visit of the minister, a Consultation Agreement between the foreign ministries of the two countries will be signed along with an International Cooperation Agreement.

The two countries enjoy special relations, in view of the courageous decision of Costa Rica to maintain its embassy in Jerusalem, in spite of the political pressures on it to change this policy.