French President Francois Hollande will, on Sunday, 17 November 2013, arrive in Israel, together with his partner Valerie Trierweiler, on his first visit to Israel as President of France.
French President Hollande will be welcomed at Ben-Gurion International Airport in full ceremony. From there, he will proceed to a reception at President Shimon Peres' Jerusalem residence. Afterwards, he will continue to Mt. Herzl and Yad Vashem.
In the evening, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two men will hold a joint press conference and sign bilateral cooperation agreements. The Prime Minister and his wife Sara will then host President Hollande and Miss Trierweiler for dinner at the Prime Minister's official Jerusalem residence.
On Monday morning, President Hollande will visit the Church of St. Anne in the Old City of Jerusalem, from which he will proceed to the Palestinian Authority. In the afternoon, he will address a special session of the Knesset plenum, to be followed by a state dinner at President Peres' Jerusalem residence. Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife will also attend the dinner.
On Tuesday morning, President Hollande will lay a stone on the graves of the victims of the March 2012 terrorist attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse. From there, he will go to an economic event on Israeli innovation that was created especially for him. After the event, the French President will meet with members of the French community in Israel at Tel Aviv University, which will mark the conclusion of his visit.
During the visit, Prime Minister Netanyahu and French President Hollande will sign a joint statement that expresses the continued growth of bilateral relations, the determination to continue and deepen cooperation in many areas of strategic importance, and the strengthening of economic, scientific, educational and cultural ties between the two countries.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "The French President is a close friend of the State of Israel and I look forward to hosting him and his partner in Israel, especially at this time when the major powers, including France, are discussing ways to halt the Iranian military nuclear program. I am also pleased to host his team and French government ministers, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is taking an active and important part in the current talks by the major powers. Together we will work to advance and deepen bilateral strategic and economic relations."