Italian FM Massimo D’Alema is due to arrive in Israel for discussions with senior Israeli officials.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman’s Bureau)

Massimo D’Alema, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, will arrive in Israel tomorrow (Wednesday, 5 September). He will meet senior Israeli officials, and be updated on recent developments in the region.

During his visit, FM D’Alema will meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni and with Minster of Defense Ehud Barak. FM D’Alema will also meet with Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair, who is currently in Jerusalem, and with the families of the abducted soldiers.

Upon his return, FM D’Alema will meet with President Shimon Peres, who is currently in Italy.

Prior to his visit to Israel, FM D’Alema visited the Palestinian Authority and Egypt, where he held discussions with the Foreign Ministers of several countries that are members of the Arab League.