'Israel goes way beyond expectations to help its nationals' (illustration)
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China has sent a special delegation to Israel to learn about the aid provided by the Foreign Ministry to Israelis traveling abroad in times of distress.
The reason for the trip was the growth in Chinese tourism across the world in the past few years.
The delegation was headed by the Chinese deputy foreign minister for legislation affairs and head of the Chinese foreign ministry's consular department. They met with senior Foreign Ministry officials, including Deputy Director-General Rafi Barak and Yigal Tzarfati, head of the consular division.
The Chinese were interested in the nature of the cases in which Israel helps its citizens across the world, including incidents in which hikers are rescued and the steps taken in cases of missing people, road accidents, illnesses, the need to evacuate bodies, natural disasters, political instability and drug offenses.
The Chinese also expressed their interest in the treatment of Israeli prisoners abroad.
According to a senior Foreign Ministry official, "Israel has the reputation of a country which goes way beyond expectations to help its nationals across the world."