In Washington and New York, Minister Livni is to meet with leaders of the US and 20 other countries.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is to leave tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 13 September 2006) for an official visit to the United States.

During her visit to Washington, DC, the minister is to meet with her American counterpart, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Steve Hadley, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Minister Livni is also expected to meet with the congressional leadership, including Jewish lawmakers and senior senators.

Minister Livni’s Washington visit is to include two appearances at prestigious forums: She is to address the board of directors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the senior leadership of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The minister will continue to New York, where she is to meet with political and public opinion leaders, as well as the news media, during the opening of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly. Her New York visit is to include no fewer than 20 scheduled meetings with heads of state and foreign ministers from throughout the world, including Egypt, Qatar, the European Union, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and others.