Monday, October 15, 2007


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (October 15,2007) - The Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Alkalaj will arrive in Israel today (Monday, 15th October) as a guest of Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni.

The purpose of the visit is to promote the relationship between the two countries, including economic and agricultural cooperation. During the visit, Alkalaj and Livni will sign a consultation agreement in a ceremony that will be held at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

The Bosnian Foreign Minister will also meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Minister of Agriculture Shalom Simchon, M.K. Benny Alon , Chairman of the Israel-Bosnia Friendship Association and with Mr. Hilik Assia, Director General of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute. The guest will also visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research.

The Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj's first visit to Israel in his current position marks a decade of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bosnia, which were established in 1997.

His previous visit to Israel was in 1995, to attend the funeral of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. At the time, he was serving as Bosnian Ambassador to the United States, and was instrumental in formulating the peace agreement that brought an end to the 1992-1995 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia.

The Bosnian Foreign Affairs Ministar Sven Alkalaj served as the Bosnian Ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2004, and as the Bosnian Ambassador to the European Union between 2004 and 2007.

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