Rivlin Continues Discussions on Coronavirus with World Leaders

25 March, 2020   |   2 weeks ago

President Reuven Rivlin spoke on Tuesday with President Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic and President Zoran Milanović of Croatia following the global spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In his conversation with Zeman, Rivlin “expressed the solidarity felt by Israelis for Czechs, saying the spread of the disease and the steps taken by the Israeli and Czech governments is similar. Both people have known how to overcome difficulties and to rebuild in the past, and we will do so again this time,” his office stated.

Zeman thanked Rivlin for his call and told him of the situation in his country with the spread of the virus.

Rivlin also spoke with President Zoran Milanović of Croatia, “congratulated him on his election to the presidency and expressed his sorrow that the coronavirus was the occasion of their first conversation.”

Rivlin thanked Milanović for his country’s assistance in bringing dozens of Israeli students back home.

“The two discussed the strong bilateral relations and President Rivlin expressed his hope that they would only become deeper and stronger,” Rivlin’s office said.

These two conversations were the latest of a series held by Rivlin in the past week.

On Sunday he spoke with King Felipe VI of Spain and with Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Tuesday with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel on ways to fight the virus.