In light of the central place that agriculture occupies in his country, FM Biaou will visit a number of agricultural projects in Israel. In addition, a business seminar will be held.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration of Benin, Rogatien Biaou, will arrive in Israel this afternoon for a 5-day visit as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom.

During the visit, Mr. Biaou will meet with President Katsav and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, who will host a luncheon at which subjects of mutual interest will be discussed.

In light of the central place that agriculture occupies in his country, Mr. Biaou will visit a number of agricultural projects in Israel. In addition, a business seminar will be held, in conjunction with the Export Institute, in the hope that this visit will open new business opportunities for Israelis in Benin.

Benin (formerly Dahomey) is located in West Africa. Its seat of government is in Cotonou, and it has a population of 7.25 million. Benin won independence from the French in 1960 and is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2004-2005.