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The President of the Republic greeted the President of the State of Israel

The President of the State of Israel, Moshe Katsav arrived today in Estonia for a state visit, and was greeted by the President of the Republic at Kadriorg.

Following an official reception ceremony held in front of the Presidential Residence, the presidents had an one-to-one meeting, followed by a meeting with the delegations. The topics covered at the meeting included the Middle East Peace Process and possibilities of intensification of the Estonian-Israeli bilateral relations, especially in the field of economy.

The presidents agreed that the Estonian-Israeli relations are good and are based among other things on strong cultural contacts; nevertheless, scientific and economic contacts need to be strengthened. In the words of the President of the Republic Estonia is very much interested in increasing economic cooperation and Israeli investments to Estonia, especially in high-technology. The President of the State of Israel affirmed that the cooperation in that field has to be broadened.

President Katsav expressed his satisfaction that according to his experience there is no anti-Semitism in Estonia, and thanked President Rüütel for the statement made in July where the head of Estonian state condemned Holocaust.

The President of the Republic acknowledged the important work of President Katsav in realizing the international roadmap for stabilization of the situation in the Middle East. President Rüütel condemned terrorism in all its forms and said that Estonia, endeavours with the EU, to make its contribution to guarantee peace in the Middle East region.

In the afternoon, the presidents laid a wreath at Klooga at the memorial for the European Jews who were victims of Holocaust in Estonian territory during World War II.

In the evening the President of the Republic and Mrs. Ingrid Rüütel will host a state dinner in honour of the President of the State of Israel.

The President of the State of Israel will leave Estonia on Tuesday morning.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, September 19, 2005

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