Foreign Ministry Statement on visit of Foreign Minister Peres to Venezuela and Argentina
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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 Foreign Ministry Statement on visit of Foreign Minister Peres to Venezuela and Argentina

1/15/1995

 VOLUME 15: 1995-1996
 
4. Foreign Ministry Statement on visit of Foreign Minister Peres to Venezuela and Argentina, 15 January 1995.

In an ongoing effort to cement ties with friendly countries, and to deepen cooperation in areas of mutual benefit, Foreign Minister Peres visited Venezuela and Argentina for meetings with their leaders, members of the business community and the Jewish community.


Foreign Minister Shimon Peres arrived on 11.1.95, for a day-and-a-half long official visit to Caracas, Venezuela.

Immediately upon his arrival, a press conference, in which 150 foreign and local journalists participated, was held.

The journalists asked the Foreign Minister about the possibility that Israel would contribute to Venezuela based upon its accumulated experience in the area of internal security. Caracas today is one of the most violent cities in the world, a problem that interferes greatly with day-to-day life.

Foreign Minister Peres responded: "We did not come to Venezuela to advise on security matters, but if Venezuela does turn to the Government of Israel for the purpose of advising on security matters, we would be happy to assist them."

"The reception that was given for Foreign Minister Peres was unprecedented", noted Venezuelan Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Burelli Rivas. Also present were all of the members of the Venezuelan Government and representatives of the various communities, including the Muslim community. As it is widely known, the largest mosque in South America is located in Caracas, which has the largest Muslim community on the continent.

On (Thursday), 12.1.95, Peres met with the Jewish community, spoke at the Jewish school, and placed a wreath at the grave of Simon Bolivar. In the course of the day, Peres met in a working meeting with the Foreign Minister and was hosted for a meal by President Caldera.

Later that afternoon, Foreign Minister Peres received an honorary doctorate from Bolivar University and then flew that evening for an official visit to Argentina.

In Buenos Aires the Foreign Minister met with President Menem, who recently returned from Syria. Foreign Minister Peres also met with the Jewish community there.


 
 
 
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