55 years of diplomatic relations

Steinmeier and Rivlin laud the closer ties between Germany and Israel since the beginning of bilateral diplomatic relations.

55 Jahre diplomatische Beziehungen

Berlin/Jerusalem (dpa) – The presidents of Germany and Israel, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Reuven Rivlin, laud the closer ties between the two countries since the beginning of bilateral diplomatic relations 55 years ago.

“During that period, countless bridges over the terrible and ostensibly forever dividing abyss of the Shoah have been built, and they lead to a better, joint future,” Steinmeier said on Tuesday in Berlin after a phone conversation with Rivlin. “We have every cause to celebrate this miracle that people in both countries have created.” Steinmeier commented that he would gladly have travelled to Israel to that end, but “I will be making the journey as soon as circumstances permit.”

Steinmeier had intended to embark on a state visit to Israel at the end of April but had to cancel because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Both heads of state met in Jerusalem, Auschwitz and Berlin in January on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

Rivlin regretted that the two countries can only commemorate the beginning of diplomatic relations 55 years ago from afar. He emphasized that bilateral relations have become ever closer in recent years. Rivlin expressed his sorrow at the many lives that Germany has lost to the Coronavirus and stated that he hoped Steinmeier would be able to make the state visit to Israel as soon as possible.