Otto Fernando Perez Molina, the president of Guatemala, is scheduled to arrive
on Sunday afternoon on the eve of a state visit which officially begins on
The visit starts with a welcome ceremony at the
President’s Residence, after which Molina will have a working meeting with
President Shimon Peres.
He will then proceed to Mount Herzl and Yad
Vashem, and in the evening Peres will host him at a state dinner.
Tuesday, following a three-hour helicopter tour of Israel, courtesy of Keren
Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, Molina will have lunch with Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Molina also has a tentative arrangement to
meet with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
On Tuesday evening he will give
an address on peace in Guatemala at a reception at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv,
which is being hosted by Guatemalan Ambassador Alfredo Vasquez.
over four years ago, the Guatemalan Congress bestowed its highest honor on
Israel in appreciation for its sharing of its agricultural know-how which
facilitated a vast improvement in Guatemala’s agricultural
Israel has also given considerable military aid to
Israel and Guatemala have a long history of cordial
Guatemala was one of the 33 countries that, on November 29,
1947, voted in favor of UN Resolution 181 calling for the partition of
Palestine. Guatemala subsequently recognized Israel in its first week of
statehood, in May, 1948.
Full diplomatic ties between the two countries
were established at the beginning of 1950.
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