Israeli Prime Minister Heads for Japan to Tackle Economic Problems

Israel Materials 25 February 2008 14:05 (UTC +04:00)

Israel, Jerusalem, 25 February / Trend corr R. Abdullayev/ The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has left for Japan to hold a range of meetings with Japanese officials, according to Zman.com.

The delegation is accompanied by special security services, as Hezbollah's leader had openly threatened Israeli officials. As a response to the murder of the head of the organization's military wing, the leader promised to attack Israeli politicians abroad.

The Prime Minister is expected to return on 29 February. Therefore, the Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni will be fulfilling his duties to the end of the week. The visit was planned several months ago, but due to security-related reasons, it was postponed several times. Besides talks with the Japanese Emperor Akihito and the country's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Olmert will meet with the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

About 20 representatives from Israeli economists and businessmen will join Olmert. The Israeli delegation believes the visit will strengthen economic relations between the two countries and will establish cooperation in the field of commerce.