The two foreign ministers will sign a joint consultation agreement between the foreign ministries of the two respective states.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Brazil’s Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, will pay an official visit to Israel on 29-30 May 2005, as the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom.

The two foreign ministers will sign a joint consultation agreement between the foreign ministries of the two respective states. Mr. Amorim will also meet with President Katsav, Vice Premier Shimon Peres and Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Ehud Olmert.

The Brazilian foreign minister will be accompanied by a large delegation of businesspersons who will meet with their Israeli counterparts, with the aim of increasing the amount of trade (which stands today at around $700 million) between Israel and Brazil. About 200 Israeli companies are currently operating in Brazil.

During the meetings, Israel will raise the subject of its request to sign a free-trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc of states (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay).