MFA D-G Abramovich is leaving on an official visit to Berlin, Paris, and Brussels, where he will discuss recent developments in the Middle East and Israel-EU relations.



(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Mr. Aaron Abramovich, Director-General of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, will leave tonight (Tuesday, 15 January 2008) on an official visit to several European capitals, where he will meet with his counterparts to discuss recent developments in the Middle East. During his visit, which will include Berlin, Paris, and the European Union in Brussels, he will meet with consultants to Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, consultants to President Sarkozy in Paris, and the heads of the Foreign Ministries in the various countries.  D-G Abramovich’s agenda includes Iranian issues, the political process with the Palestinians and Israeli-European Union relations.

The visit by D-G Abramovich is part of a continuous dialogue between Israel and countries who share the necessity to stop the Iranian nuclear project and the efforts to intensify the economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

D-G Abramovich, a member of the negotiating team with the Palestinians, will inform his counterparts of the results of the recent visit of US President Bush in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He is also expected to express his appreciation of the contribution by members of the European Union to the promotion of the process.

An additional aspect of his visit relates to Israeli-European Union relations and the mutual efforts to upgrade them. The Director-General will address the opening of a seminar of Israeli ambassadors to the European Union on Sunday in Brussels.  Javier Solana, the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, is expected to address the seminar as well.