President Reuven Rivlin met Monday with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, marking the first state visit by a Paraguayan President to Israel, Israel’s Government Press Office reported.
Rivlin welcomed Cartes in a special ceremony at the President Residence, in which the two leaders stood for their respective national anthems, reviewed a guard of honor and delivered brief public statements.
“This is an historic visit, the first visit of a president of Paraguay here in Israel,” Rivlin said in his address.
The Israeli President added that Paraguay has historically been “a true friend” of Israel , voting in 1947 in favor of the Jewish State’s establishment.
Israel’s embassy in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion was reopened in July 2015. Since then, Rivlin said, the embassy has been an “important cornerstone” for Israeli activity in Latin America. Rivlin noted that the past several years have seen success in strengthening ties between Israel and Paraguay economically, scientifically and technologically, and in trade and security as well.
In his own address, Cartes said that Israel has distinguished itself in agriculture and agri-tech, and that Paraguay is interested in sharing knowledge and technologies contributing to its own national development.
“In truth it is not such good news that this is only the first visit of a Paraguayan president to Israel,” Jara said, “Something which makes my visit of even greater importance.”
After delivering their statements, Rivlin and Carets held a working meeting to discuss strengthening bilateral ties between their countries. The two leaders will later address a state dinner in honor of President Cartes’ visit.