President Shimon Peres met with the President of Macedonia, the President of Croatia, and the Foreign Minister of Poland before tomorrow’s start of the Israeli Presidential Conference.

 President Peres meets with world dignitaries attending Presidential Conference


The President of Croatia presented to President Peres a unique mark of distinction previously given to the Dalai Lama and Václav Havel (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)

Today (19 October) President Peres conducted several working meetings before the start of the second Israeli Presidential Conference, "Facing Tomorrow." The President met this morning with the President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov and later this afternoon with the Foreign Minister of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski and President of Croatia Stjepan Mesić. All three came to Israel to take part in the Presidential Conference. The President emphasized in all his meetings that Israel continues to seek peace with its neighbors and thanked each of their countries for their uncompromising support for Israel.

During the first part of President Peres’ meeting with the President of Croatia, the latter presented the former with a special Croatian letter of distinction "Man of the Year in Dialogue" for the Year 2008. The award recognizes the President’s constant strive towards democracy, social good, and further dialogue. Previous recipients of the reward include the Dalai Lama and the previous President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel.

The President did not hide his emotion after receiving the distinction and told the President of Croatia that it will encourage him to continue working for the future of the children in the Middle East.  

The President of Macedonia thanked President Peres for inviting him to the conference and said during the meeting "I’m glad to be your guest at the Presidential Conference, because I have dreamed of coming to Israel for several years. Our connection to Israel rests close to our hearts, and thus I am thankful that relations between our countries continue to develop in all areas."