FM Shalom noted the special ties of friendship between Israel and Costa Rica.
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom hosted his colleague, the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Roberto Tovar Faja, for a working meeting followed by a luncheon.
FM Shalom noted the special ties of friendship between Israel and Costa Rica and stressed the fact that Costa Rica maintains its embassy in Jerusalem. He expressed the hope that many other countries will follow the example of Costa Rica and open embassies in Jerusalem as well.
In the course of the meeting, in additional to political issues, the two foreign ministers discussed economic and agricultural cooperation between the two countries. They also signed a consultation agreement between the two foreign ministries and an International Cooperation Agreement.
On February 23, Foreign Minister Tovar Faja will sign a declaration on cooperation in small and medium businesses with Vice Prime Minster and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Ehud Omert. He will also visit the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood in Jerusalem and will lay a wreath on the memorial to the victims of the terror attack on Mexico Street in November 2002.