President Viktor Yushchenko met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem on Wednesday, president's press office reported.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of economic issues, especially how to boost bilateral trade and attract Israeli investment to implement Euro 2012 projects.

Speaking about visa issues, Yushchenko and Olmert agreed to hold talks in January 2008 to optimize visa rules. They also agreed to hold the third round of talks on pension benefits for Jewish citizens born or living in Ukraine by the end of 2007. Olmert said Israel would soon send its proposals for an employment agreement allowing Ukrainians to work in Israel to Ukraine.

The president and the premier also spoke about compensations for those Israeli citizens that had participated in relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of the Chornobyl blast.

Then they discussed humanitarian cooperation.

President Victor Yushchenko also held a meeeting with Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem.

They discussed ways to optimize visa rules and plans to sign a free trade agreement between Ukraine and Israel.

Yushchenko and Livni also spoke about Ukraine’s WTO accession.


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