Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the Commissioner for Foreign Relations of the European Union, arrived in Israel as part of a regional tour.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the Commissioner for Foreign Relations of the European Union, will arrive in Israel this afternoon (Monday, 7 February) as part of a regional tour. The Commissioner will be the guest of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom.

In addition to Foreign Minister Shalom, the Commissioner will also meet with President Moshe Katsav and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and will visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.

Of primary interest to the Commissioner on this visit is the situation in the region following the elections in the PA, against the backdrop of tomorrow’s meeting between Sharon and Abu-Mazen in Sharm and the potential contribution of the EU to the diplomatic process.

The Commissioner will discuss with her Israeli hosts the subject of bilateral relations between Israel and Europe, with an emphasis on promoting the Israel-EU Action Plan in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Other topics on the agenda are the common fight against terrorism and regional issues.