Swedish FM Carl Bildt will meet with Israeli officials and speak at the Herzliya Conference.

 Swedish FM Bildt visits Israel


FM Tzipi Livni meets with Swedish FM Carl Bildt in Tel Aviv (Photo: Israel Hadari)

(Communicated by MFA Spokesman’s Bureau)

The foreign minister of Sweden, Mr. Carl Bildt, arrived in Israel on Sunday, 20 January, for a three-day visit. He is a guest of the Herzliya Conference.

Minister Bildt met with PM Olmert on Sunday evening and is scheduled to hold a midday working meeting with FM Livni on Tuesday (22 January). The two foreign ministers will meet again that evening as dinner speakers at the Herzliya Conference.

This is Mr. Bildt’s third visit to Israel and the region since his appointment as Swedish foreign minister in September 2007. This visit is devoted to Israel only, and most of his time will be spent listening to lectures and meeting with Israeli officials.

Relations between Sweden and Israel have been invigorated over the past year after the Swedish government decided, and announced publicly, that it intended to develop and upgrade the relations between the two countries in many diverse areas and not to focus on the "political process" and its by-products.