This is her first official visit to a foreign country since the new Israeli government took office earlier this month.

 FM Livni on official visit to Turkey

 

FM Livni signs the guest book at Istanbul's Neve Shalom Synagogue, 28 May. (Hadari)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni arrived in Turkey on May 28, 2006. This is her first official visit to a foreign country since the new Israeli government took office earlier this month. The Foreign Ministry spokesman noted that "The fact that Livni’s first trip following the March elections is to Turkey is a sign of the importance we place on relations between our two countries."

During the three-day visit, Foreign Minister Livni will be meeting with Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and her counterpart Abdullah Gul, as well as Yigit Alpogan, head of Turkey’s National Security Council. She will discuss with them bilateral ties, the Hamas-led Palestinian government and Iran’s nuclear program. President Sezer’s upcoming June 7-8 visit to Israel will also be discussed.

In Istanbul, the minister also paid a visit to the Neve Shalom Synagogue, which had been badly damaged in a suicide bombing attack by Turkish members of al-Qaeda terrorist organization on November 15, 2002.