Progress is made in the ongoing talks between Israel and the Vatican regarding the "Economic Agreement". 

Communicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the State of Israel and the Holy See met this morning, 18 February 2009, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to continue negotiations on the "Economic Agreement" concerning fiscal and property matters.

The meeting was characterized by great cordiality and a spirit of cooperation. Progress was achieved, and the Delegations renewed their joint commitment to conclude the Agreement as soon as possible.