Shimon Peres portrait 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
President Shimon Peres will pay an official four-day visit to the Netherlands
later this month, the Dutch government announced on Wednesday.
Dutch government press office, announced in The Hague that Peres will visit the
country from September 29 to October 2, and meet with recently crowned King
Willem-Alexander at the Noordeinde palace. He will also meet with Dutch Prime
Minister Mark Rutte, who will host a luncheon in Peres’s honor at his official
residence, the Catshuis in The Hague. Peres will also address the upper and
lower houses of parliament during his trip.
The invitation from King
William-Alexander to visit the Netherlands was conveyed to Peres by Dutch
Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, when he met with Peres in Jerusalem in mid-
June. The invitation was one of the first by the king to a foreign head of state
since he took the throne on April 30.
The visit has been confirmed by
Meanwhile, Peres is to due to leave Israel Friday
morning for Yalta, Ukraine, for an international conference of presidents, prime
ministers and foreign ministers, the 10th annual conference of its kind. Peres,
a frequent participant at these conferences, was invited by Ukrainian President
Peres will take the opportunity to engage in a series
of working meetings with various European leaders. Discussions will focus on
strengthening bilateral relations, advancing the peace process between Israel
and the Palestinians, preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons and ridding
Syria of chemical weapons. Peres is also expected to attempt to persuade
European leaders to lobby against the decision by the European Union to limit
its financial aid to Israeli organizations and institutions to only those
operating within the 1967 borders.
The president will also be visiting
the United States and Mexico in the coming months.