President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

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President Rivlin: We are looking forward to welcoming President Trump on his important visit, and to working with the new Administration to find new ways and to think of new ideas, of how to move forward and build trust between Israelis and Palestinians.

At a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Tuesday, 16 May 2017), received the diplomatic credentials of the new United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. Ambassador Friedman arrived at the President’s Residence accompanied by his wife Tammy, and daughter Talia. The ceremony began with the playing of the US national anthem, and after the new Ambassador presented his credentials to the President, both men gave brief statements to the media. After a brief meeting the new Ambassador then signed the official guest book, and was joined by the President at the entrance to the residence for the Israeli national anthem, 'Hatikva'.

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 On Tuesday evening, May 16th, H.E Mr. Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, arrived in Israel for a 3 day visit focused on strengthening the already deep bilateral relations between Costa Rica and Israel. As part of the trip, the Embassy of Costa Rica hosted a special reception on Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv. On Wednesday Mr. Gonzalez Sanz had a private audience with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. On Thursday the Foreign Minister is expected to visit Yad Vashem, where he will participate in a special memorial ceremony. On Thursday Mr. Gonzalez was also expected to meet with Israeli diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

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On Tuesday evening, March 9th, business leaders, members of the Israeli and international diplomatic corps, academics, and Israeli society figures gathered at the residence of Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of the EU Delegation to Israel, and his spouse Mrs. Jean Marie Murphy, to celebrate Europe Day. The 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Community was especially meaningful coming on the heels of critical national elections in France which ultimately bolstered support for European unity.

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