PALAU PRESIDENT, DELEGATION TO VISIT ISRAEL

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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, June 26) — President Tommy Remengesau will meet with Israel’s top officials when he visits the Middle Eastern country on June 27.

Senate Floor Leader Alan Seid, the honorary consul of Israel to Palau, will join Remengesau’s delegation.

Remengesau will meet with Israeli President Moshe Katsav, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni.

Remengesau said he expects that technical cooperation between the two countries will be discussed.

He added that Israel has sent medical doctors, particularly eye experts, to Palau.

He said he wants to discuss education and cultural exchange programs between the two countries.

It will be Remengesau’s first trip to Israel.

"It’s a very significant trip," Seid said. "Palau has consistently stood by the side of Israel on international issues."

Seid said there were times when Palau and the United States were the only nations supporting Israel at the United Nations.

He said the president’s meeting with Israeli leaders will focus on how Israel can assist Palau in areas of health care, energy technologies and aquaculture.

"They will also discuss mutual cooperation including training for security, aqua and agriculture where Israel has the most advanced technology," Seid said.

Remengesau will also tour the Holy Land and witness demonstrations of Israel’s aquaculture technology.

The president will travel with first lady Debbie Remengesau, Palau’s Ambassador to the United Nations Stuart Beck and his wife, Seid and his wife, Bureau of Public Safety Director Hazime Telei and Senate staff member Olngellel Mongami.

June 26, 2005

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