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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.


The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, on 17 May to discuss Israel's
successful participation in Horizon 2020, European Union's research and innovation funding programme.

Mrs Tamayo Marukawa, the Minister of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, arrived a few days ago for a brief 72 hour work visit in Israel. Mrs Tamayo visited Jerusalem immediately upon her arrival in Israel. She was then hosted at the Olympic Experience in Tel Aviv, the visitor's center of the Israeli Olympic Committee. During her tour of the Olympic Experience Mrs Tamayo was accompanied by Alex Gilady, a fellow of the International Olympic Committee, Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita, and Gili Lustig, the CEO of the Israeli Olympic Committee.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and met with Chemi Peres on Thursday (11.5) to promote interfaith relations and hear from Young Ambassadors for Peace

The Most Reverend Welby said: "Shimon Peres always supported and worked for peace initiatives. I am glad that we have people like you – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli – who continue in this vision. We need you. You are our future. I will support you."

Chemi Peres: "You young people must not wait for an end to the conflict, but must trust yourselves and work together to move us forward."

President Reuven Rivlin today (Thursday) departed from Hanoi to visit Ho Chi Minh City. The visit marked the first by a President of Israel to the city.

President & First Lady Rivlin opened the special visit to the city by touring a model cow dairy established in 2013 by MASHAV (the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ international development program), together with the Ho Chi Minh regional authorities. The dairy, which houses 200 cows, is based on an Israeli model using technology developed by leading Israeli companies in the field. Israeli experts assisted in training the dairy workers, and continued to provide professional guidance. In addition, the dairy acted as a center of excellence for the local area, and accordingly the staff regularly traveled to other dairies in the area to help farmers utilize Israeli methods.