Improving ties with China and continuing strategic dialogue with the US are part of Ayalon’s agenda.
Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon
Today, (Monday 11th October) Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon leaves for an official visit to China, where he will visit Beijing and Shanghai. While in Beijing, the Deputy Foreign Minister will meet with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun and other senior officials. Ayalon will discuss with his Chinese counterparts the improvement of ties between the two nations, on developments in the Middle East and other issues of mutual interest. In addition, the Deputy Foreign Minister will meet with experts from leading research institutes and brief the local media.
On 14 October, Ayalon will travel to Shanghai for the final celebrations of Expo 2010, where the Israeli pavilion received a lot of attention and interest. The pavilion received a lot of praise for presenting Israel’s many technological achievements and capabilities during the last six months.
On 17 October, Ayalon will travel to Washington to continue the strategic dialogue between the U.S. and Israel. The dialogue will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg. Other members of the delegation will include Uzi Arad and Amos Gilad. The meeting will continue the dialogue that was held in February.
On 19 October, the Deputy Foreign Minister will participate in a conference held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce. The conference will celebrate 25 years since a Free Trade Agreement was signed between the two nations. Senior American government officials, including Dan Shapiro, will participate, and Ayalon will speak on a panel titled "Diplomatic Trade". The Deputy Foreign Minister will also be briefing the American media.