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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Arrives in Israel; G2G Meeting Scheduled

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, on Wednesday, October 3rd, at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who signed the guestbook.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and German Chancellor Merkel held a meeting with their entourages as part of a working dinner at the Residence.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and government ministers will hold an inter-governmental (G2G) meeting with German Chancellor Merkel and German government ministers on Thursday, October 4th. This will be the seventh such meeting in the last decade.

The inter-governmental consultations will focus – inter alia – on security, scientific, economic, cultural and cyber cooperation. There will also be a series of discussions and the signing of MOUs the goal of which is to strengthen bilateral relations.

The following will be signed:

* An MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the Social Equality Ministry and the German Commission for Culture and Media on loaning the Gurlitt collection to the Israel Museum in 2019. The MOU will focus on advancing the procedures necessary for displaying the collection in Israel.

* A declaration of intent between the Ministry of Economy and Industry and the German Ministry of Education and Research on European and bilateral cooperation on research and development, and innovation: Exchanges of information on technology and advancing joint projects mainly in artificial intelligence, cyber defense and nanotechnology.

* A declaration of intent between the Science and Technology Ministry and the German Ministry of Education and Research on scientific cooperation in electrochemistry, oceanographic research, cancer research and water technologies by encouraging cooperation between Israeli and German scientists.

* A declaration of intent between the Finance Ministry and its German counterpart on establishing an economic dialogue: The ministries will exchange information and hold consultations on the issues of economic analyses and financial system technologies.

Since the 15 February 2016 inter-governmental (G2G) consultations in Jerusalem there has been significant progress in various fields including security, trade, culture and community affairs.

Chancellor Merkel will be accompanied by Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz; Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas; Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Community Horst Seehofer; Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier; Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley; Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil; Federal Minister of food and Agriculture Julia Klockner; Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Franziska Giffey; Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer; Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter; Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research Thomas Rachel; Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller; Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grutters and Anti-Semitism Commission Felix Klein.

Edited by: JV Staff

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