Visit to Japan by Mr. Shimon Peres, Former Prime Minister of the State of Israel, as Special Envoy of Prime Minister Ehud Barak

August 11, 2000

  1. Mr. Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and currently Minister of Regional Cooperation of the State of Israel, will visit Japan on 15 (Tue) and 16 (Wed) August as a special envoy of Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

  2. Mr. Peres will visit Japan upon instructions of Prime Minister Barak, and is expected to explain to the Government of Japan the outcome of the trilateral summit meetings held at Camp David between Israel and the Palestinians from July 11 to 24 under the mediation of President Bill Clinton, as well as the situation of the Palestinian Track thereafter. During his stay in Japan, Mr. Peres is scheduled to have talks with Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and other key officials. Mr. Peres will be accompanied by Mr. Gidon Greenstein, Secretary of the Camp David Negotiating Delegation.

  3. Prime Minister Barak has been vigorously engaged in diplomatic activities to explain Israeli views on the Palestinian Track, recently dispatching high-ranking officials in his Government of abroad, including Mr. Shlomo Ben-Ami, Minister of Public Security, and a participant in the trilateral summit meeting. This is a valuable opportunity for Japan to hear from Israeli side on its peace policy, and the future direction of the Palestinian Track, the core of the Middle East peace process, and to exchange views on the role that Japan can play for the Track.

  4. The forthcoming visit to Japan by Mr. Peres will be the second made by an Israeli cabinet minister since the establishment of the Barak administration in July last year, the first one being that of Mr. Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Minister of Communications and Deputy Prime Minister (also special envoy of Prime Minister Barak), made for the funeral service of the late Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi last June.

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