This is the first visit to Israel by a foreign minister from Korea, and reflects the continuing improvement in relations between the two states.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will arrive on June 23, 2005 for an official visit to Israel, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom.

In the course of his visit, the Korean minister will meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Shalom. He will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.
 
In his talks here, Mr. Ban Ki-moon will discuss ways to advance and strengthen bilateral relations, as well as the Middle East peace process and global issues.

This is the first visit to Israel by a foreign minister from Korea, and reflects the continuing improvement in relations between the two states. Trade between Israel and Korea in the past year exceeded $1.4 billion, and some 18,000 Korean tourists visited Israel.