Israeli President begins State visit to Vietnam

Monday, 2017-03-20 10:03:43
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Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin.
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NDO – President of Israel Reuven Ruvi Rivlin and his spouse began a State visit to Vietnam on March 19 at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.

The visit, which will be made until March 25, aims to further strengthen and tighten Vietnam-Israel relations.

Accompanying the Israeli president are Director General of the President's Office, Harel Tubi; Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President, David Saranga; Military Adviser to the President, Boaz Hershkovitz; Chief of Staff to the President, Rivka Ravitz; Senior Advisor to the President, Mira Ratzabi; and Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Meirav Eilon Shahar, among others.

President Rivlin was born on September 9, 1939. He holds a bachelor's degree in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He was elected as a member of the Knesset, Israel’s national legislature from 1988 to 1992; serving as Chairman of the Likud Party from 1988 to 1993, Minister of Communications from 2001 to February 2003, Speaker of the 16th Knesset from February 2003 to April 2006, and Speaker of the 18th Knesset from February 2009 to February 2013.

He was elected President of Israel in June 2014.