FM Cohen Departs on Tour of Central Europe


Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky (R), and his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen hold a joint press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, April 4. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen is to depart on Sunday night on a tour of central Europe including stops in Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia.

The tour “will strengthen our strategic cooperation with our friends, and create for Israel opportunities to advance its diplomatic and economic interests on the continent,” Cohen said.

He is expected to meet five of his counterparts during the four-day trip, including the foreign minister of Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic at the Austerlitz format, a regional forum held by the three countries.

It remains unclear whether Cohen will also meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a conservative firebrand known for his close ties with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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