Foreign Ministry official: Best Israel-France relations since de Gaulle

The relationship between Israel and France is the best it has been since Charles de Gaulle was president of France, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday following the first annual meeting of the French-Israel strategic dialogue. The talks, which were led by Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovich and French Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Gerrard Errera, focused on everything from the Palestinians to Syria to Iran to the future of the European Union. The ministry official said he "doesn't see any difference between the French side and our side on the Palestinian issue." French president Nicholas Sarkozy is set to visit Israel the third week of June.