Visit to Japan by Mr. Ehud Olmert, Vice Prime Minister & Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israel

April 6, 2005

  1. Mr. Ehud Olmert, Vice Prime Minister & Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israel, will visit Japan from April 10 (Sun) to 13 (Wed) at the invitation of the Government of Japan.
  2. During his stay in Japan, Mr. Olmert will pay a courtesy call on Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister, and will exchange views with leading figures of Japan on Japan-Israel bilateral relations and the Middle East peace process. Mr. Olmert will also deliver a speech at the opening ceremony for the Israel-Japan Hi-Tech and Venture Capital Forum 2005, which will be held on April 13 (Wed) to promote economic relations between Japan and Israel.
  3. The Government of Japan considers that strengthening dialogue with the parties concerned with Middle East peace process, in particular Israel and the Palestinian Authority, is important in contributing to promoting peace in the Middle East, at a time when the peace efforts have entered a crucial stage on such issues as the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the election of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The visit by the Vice Prime Minister is expected to provide an opportunity for meaningful exchange of views not only on the friendly relations between Japan and Israel but also the way to promote peace in the Middle East.
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