President Shim'on Peres will leave, Monday, on an official visit to Greece at the invitation of Greek President Karolos Papoulias. According to a statement from the President's Office, President Peres is expected to discuss the dramatic changes that have recently occurred in the Middle East, as well as various Iranian threats with senior Greek leaders including President Papoulias, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Parliament Speaker Evangelos Vasileios Meimarakis and leaders of the parties in the new Greek government. He will be accompanied by Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Orit Noked, who will meet with her Greek counterpart, who has asked to expand bilateral agricultural and economic cooperation.
The President will thank the Greek people for saving his late father Yitzchak Persky, during World War II. Persky, a volunteer in the British Army, hid from the Nazis in a Greek monastery before he was captured and sent to Auschwitz.