Israel and France conclude first round of talks on strategic issues, as agreed by the two foreign ministers last year.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

Israel and France successfully concluded  the first round of talks in Jerusalem within the framework of the strategic dialogue between the two foreign ministries, as agreed upon a year ago between Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

The Israeli team was headed by Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron Abramovich and the French team by Foreign Ministry Secretary General Gerard Errera.

The talks were devoted to discussions on regional and international issues which are on the agenda of both countries and were characterized by openness, thoroughness and a positive atmosphere, a further expression of the special relationship between France and Israel.

Both parties concluded that meetings of this kind would continue on an annual basis, with the next meeting to take place in Paris.