Visit of President Peres to Brussels

President Shimon Peres' visit to Europe

  •   Israeli President Mr. Shimon Peres is in Brussels until March 12th.
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    Photo: Moshe Milner

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    The President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres is in Brussels and France until March 12th for a series of meetings and ceremonies. Since his arrival, President Shimon Peres met with the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Elio Di Rupo, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. He will meet today with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

    President Peres and President Barroso will speak together at a conference where both leaders will share their views on the role of private-public partnerships in meeting global challenges.

    The President is expected to raise the issue of the EU listing Hezbollah as a terror organization, as well as the issues of the Peace Process and Iran.

    President Peres also honored the 22 Belgian Righteous Among the Nations at the Palais d'Egmont in the presence of Ambassador Jacques Revah, Prince Philippe and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders.

    On March 12th, President Peres will speak in front of the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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    Communiqué from the President's Office:

    The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, will depart on Tuesday 5th March for a visit to the European Union (Brussels, Paris and Strasbourg) and will deliver a historic speech in front of the 754 members of European Parliament in Strasbourg (12th March). President Peres will be the first Israeli leader to speak before this forum in its current format.

    During the visit, President Peres will meet with heads of state including President of France, François Hollande, thePrime Minister of Belgium Elio di Rupo and the President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev as well as with the leaders of the European Union, including the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and  the President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy. The meetings will take place in the context of the inquiry into the terror attack in Bulgaria which found that Hezbollah was responsible for the bombing and the subsequent discussions within Europe on the consequences.

    President Peres will also hold strategic meetings with Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria before delivering a speech to the senior economic forum of the OECD which will include hundreds of representatives of global companies. President Peres will lay out his vision for the role of global companies in creating change in the Middle East.

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