Herzog Going to Hungary, Bulgaria

President Chaim Herzog is scheduled to leave Tuesday for Hungary and Bulgaria, on the first official visit to those countries by an Israeli chief of state.

He will meet with the Hungarian president, prime minister and foreign minister in Budapest, and will visit a transit point used by Jewish emigrants from the Soviet Union en route to Israel.

Herzog is scheduled to address a special session of the Bulgarian Parliament in Sofia, to be televised live. He is also to meet with the Bulgarian prime minister.

Herzog will be accompanied by prominent Israelis from each of the two countries he will visit.

They include former Bank of Israel Governor Moshe Sanbar, now chairman of the board of Bank Leumi, and former Mizrachi Bank chief Aharon Meir, who is now in private business, both of whom are originally from Hungary; as well as Mapam Party leader Victor Shemtov, who is from Bulgaria.

By David Landau

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