The Ambassador of Israel
to the Holy See Dr. Zion Evrony presented on Friday his Letter of Credence from President Shimon Peres
to Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo.
During the ceremony, the ambassador expressed his appreciation to the pope for his friendship to Israel and to the Jewish People. The ambassador also expressed his satisfaction in presenting his credentials during a time of significant progress on the financial agreement between the State of Israel and the Holy See.
Commenting on the meeting, Ambassador Evrony said, "It was a great honor and privilege to meet his holiness the pope. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me. I raised issues of concern to Israel and the future relations between Israel and the Holy See.
"The relations are good and are based on mutual trust. We hope for the speedy completion and signing of the financial agreement. This will pave the way for the upgrading and strengthening of the relations in many areas, including academia, culture, and combating anti-Semitism," he said.
Regarding his appointment as Israel’s sixth ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Evrony said, "I am aware that this assignment is much more than a usual diplomatic mission. It is a great challenge, but a challenge I accept with enthusiasm."