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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and met with Chemi Peres on Thursday (11.5) to promote interfaith relations and hear from Young Ambassadors for Peace

The Most Reverend Welby said: "Shimon Peres always supported and worked for peace initiatives. I am glad that we have people like you – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli – who continue in this vision. We need you. You are our future. I will support you."

Chemi Peres: "You young people must not wait for an end to the conflict, but must trust yourselves and work together to move us forward."

Mrs Tamayo Marukawa, the Minister of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, arrived a few days ago for a brief 72 hour work visit in Israel. Mrs Tamayo visited Jerusalem immediately upon her arrival in Israel. She was then hosted at the Olympic Experience in Tel Aviv, the visitor's center of the Israeli Olympic Committee. During her tour of the Olympic Experience Mrs Tamayo was accompanied by Alex Gilady, a fellow of the International Olympic Committee, Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita, and Gili Lustig, the CEO of the Israeli Olympic Committee.

 

 

 

Joint press release (in the order of H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe)

 

● Firstly, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the fact that Jewish people were the victims of the incident at a kosher grocery store in Paris. The international community will have to continue their commitment to working against terrorism.

 

● The visit to Japan by Prime Minister Netanyahu in May last year became an opportunity to comprehensively upgrade the bilateral relationship between the two countries. I have a genuine feeling that the relationship has been deepening in every field.

 

● Yesterday, I had a first meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and held a meeting with the economic mission that accompanied me this time. I expect further advancement of the bilateral economic relationship such as more active interaction between the business worlds of both countries to be developed as a result of this visit.

 

● We value Israel's three-year plan towards the strengthening of the economic relationship as it contributes to the development of the overall bilateral relationship.

 

● I visited Yad Vashem earlier. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and I express my determination that we will never repeat such a tragedy.

 

● I have realized the significance of the achievement by Chiune Sugihara, who rescued thousands of Jews through the "Visa for Life." I have reaffirmed the long-standing bond between the Japanese and Jewish people.

 

● Based on this old bond and a new friendly relationship, Japan, as a friend of Israel, will continue to work on strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

 

● Whilst Japan understands the severe environment in Israel, it will continue to be actively involved in activities towards the stability of the region such as peace in the Middle East. Tomorrow, I will also visit Palestine, and I intend to continue providing my candid advice to both sides as their true friend.

 

Photo by Amos Ben Gershon GPO

 

 

 

President Reuven Rivlin today (Thursday) departed from Hanoi to visit Ho Chi Minh City. The visit marked the first by a President of Israel to the city.

President & First Lady Rivlin opened the special visit to the city by touring a model cow dairy established in 2013 by MASHAV (the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ international development program), together with the Ho Chi Minh regional authorities. The dairy, which houses 200 cows, is based on an Israeli model using technology developed by leading Israeli companies in the field. Israeli experts assisted in training the dairy workers, and continued to provide professional guidance. In addition, the dairy acted as a center of excellence for the local area, and accordingly the staff regularly traveled to other dairies in the area to help farmers utilize Israeli methods.

 

 

Romanian Foreign Minister, Titus Corlățean, is paying an official visit in Israel between 23rd and 26th of December. The schedule of the visit includes in-depth talks on the stage and prospects of the Romanian-Israeli bilateral relations with Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The head of Romanian diplomacy will be received by President Shimon Peres and will meet with the leadership and members of the Israeli Government: Uri Orbach, Minister for Senior Citizens, Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Information and International Relations, and Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice and Chief Negotiator in the dialogue with the Palestinian party.
On Monday, 23 December 2013, Foreign Minister Corlăţean met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman. The heads of the two diplomacies mentioned the excellent progress of the bilateral political-diplomatic dialogue, reiterating the special relationship created in the 65 years of uninterrupted bilateral relations.
The two Ministers assessed the measures discussed during previous rounds of political consultations and agreed to accelerate the demarches aimed at deepening the cooperation between the two ministries of Foreign Affairs. Both officials underscored the interest in organizing the next joint meeting of the Romanian and the Israel Cabinet, in Bucharest, in 2014.
At the same time, they reviewed the progress of sectorial cooperation in the economic field, in the areas of investment, research and development, energy and education. As far as the economic sector is concerned, they discussed about measures to support an increased presence of Romanian firms in Israel in the field of construction, energy infrastructure, oil and gas. Minister Avigdor Lieberman shared the assessment of his Romanian counterpart as to the benefits likely to be generated by the presence of Romanian experts in various fields, in the high-tech area in particular.
During the meeting the Romanian Foreign Minister asked the Israeli party to accelerate and increase the flexibility of the procedure of granting long-term visas to Romanian students and businesspeople interested in operating in Israel, a topic the Israeli party will approach in an open manner.
The agenda of the talks also included themes related to international dossiers, the two Foreign Ministers having an in-depth exchange of views, notably on the stage of negotiations in the framework of the Middle East Peace Process. The head of Romanian diplomacy underscored the importance of continuing the direct talks with a view to obtaining a solution accepted by both parties – the Israeli and the Palestinian parties.

 

Photo provided by the Romanian embassy