Tours of historical sites have given the visiting foreign minister a better understanding of the Jewish people’s deep ties to its land.

 Belize foreign minister on official visit to Israel


FM Liberman meets with Belize FM Elrington in Jerusalem (Photo: Avi Hayun)

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Mr. Wilfred Elrington, is in Israel on an official visit (3-6 May 2010). He has met with President Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and other senior officials. The visiting minister discussed with his hosts ways to strengthen bilateral relations. The diplomatic process and the Iranian threat were also discussed.

An entire day of the visit was devoted to economic and technological topics. FM Elrington visited the Israeli hi-tech companies Taldor and Better Place and toured the Sharon (Hiria) recycling park. He also met with the heads of the Israel-Latin America Chamber of Commerce, with whom he discussed ways to increase mutual trade between Israel and Belize.

FM Elrington laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, visited Yad Vashem, planted a tree in the Kennedy Forest, toured the Old City of Jerusalem, Massada and the Dead Sea, and received a briefing about the security fence.

After the tour of Massada, FM Elrington said, "Now I understand better the deep connection of the Jewish people to its land."

This is the first visit by a foreign minister from Belize since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two states in 1983. Israeli-Belize relations have been strengthened lately with the signing of the agreement to cancel visa requirements for tourists of both states. Israel has also recently increased aid to Belize, sending agricultural experts through its MASHAV department – Israel’s National Agency for International Cooperation.