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Iceland President First Foreign Head of State to Address Knesset

President Asgeir Asgeirsson, of Iceland, became yesterday the first foreign head of state to address Israel’s Knesset (Parliament).

Speaking in English and Icelandic, the visiting head of state told a festive session of the Knesset of the urgent need for friendship between small nations. He also touched on practical matters, including his belief that trade between Iceland and Israel should be expanded. Israel sends citrus and preserves to Iceland, which exports fish to Israel.

Addresses by visiting heads of state are to be a permanent feature of Knesset sessions in the future, it was said here.