The Israeli Consular and Diplomatic Corps renewed a tradition of holding annual joint dinners by organizing a festive event which was held on 19 February at the Tel Aviv David Intercontinental Hotel. The event was attended by over 250 participants from both corps and was addressed by HE President of the State of Israel. Mr. Shimon Peres (by telelink), the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, HE Mr. Henri Essomba, and the Dean of the Consular Corps Mr. Peter Gad Naschitz, who is a past president and honorary president of FICAC.
The speakers highkighted the importance of the co-operation between teh Diplomatic and Consular Corps, and the role of the latter in creating a bridge between the sending and receiving states.
The two Corps presented Peres with a special edition of a commemorative book entitled Peace is the Goalwhich comprises quotations from the Bible and the sages on the sanctitude of peace.
The Israeli Consular Corps has a membership of 154 honorary consuls.