Newly-designated Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Zion Evrony, on Friday presented his Letter of Credence from President Shimon Peres to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo.

"It was a great honor and privilege to meet his holiness the pope. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me," Dr. Evrony said. "I am aware that this assignment is much more than a usual diplomatic mission. It is a great challenge, but a challenge I accept with enthusiasm."

During the ceremony, the ambassador expressed his appreciation to the Pope for his friendship to Israel and to the Jewish People. He also highlighted the significant progress on the financial agreement between the State of Israel and the Holy See, which according to Dr. Evrony "will pave the way for the upgrading and strengthening of the relations in many areas, including academia, culture, and combating anti-Semitism."

Dr. Evrony's previous diplomatic post was Ambassador to Ireland.

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