(Communicated by the President’s Spokesman)
 
The President of Israel, Mr. Moshe Katsav, and his wife, Gila, are due to pay a State Visit to Greece, on the invitation of the President of Greece, Mr. Karolos Papoulias, between the 14th and the 16th February 2006.

This is the first State Visit of the President of Israel to Greece.

The visit will include official meetings with the President of Greece, the heads of the Parliament, the heads of the Greek Government and the Jewish communities.

The President of Greece will accompany the President of Israel on a special visit to Salonica, which was an important Jewish center before the Second World War and which was almost entirely destroyed by the Nazis. There both Presidents will commemorate the Holocaust victims.

During the visit the President of Israel will meet with the local and international media