Ukrainian President Yushchenko is due to arrive in Israel on a three-day visit as official guest of President Peres

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko is due to arrive on an official three-day visit on Tuesday, 13 November, as guest of President Shimon Peres. President Yushchenko will be accompanied by his wife, Keteryna, representatives of the Ukrainian government, a delegation of business executives, leaders of the Jewish community and members of the Press.

During his visit, President Yushchenko will meet with President Peres, Speaker of the Knesset Dalia Itzik, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The Ukrainian President will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and lay a memorial wreath in honor of Ukrainian Holocaust victims.

Diplomatic relations between Israel and Ukraine were established after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union in 1991. The relations are founded on communal chapters in the history of both the Jewish and Ukrainian Peoples, chapters that interweave periods of good neighborly relations together with periods of horrific pogroms and disaster.  Current relations are founded on a new chapter of cooperation in many fields, based on the active assistance of some 500,000 former Ukrainians living in Israel.

This visit of the Ukrainian President constitutes an important opportunity to discuss the strengthening of bi-lateral relations in the political, economic and cultural spheres.