ROME (JTA) — Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno will meet with freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Alemanno is set to meet with Shalit, who in 2008 was named an honorary citizen of Rome, on Monday during his two-day visit to Israel. Alemanno was flying to Israel on Sunday.
According to his office’s website, Alemanno was invited by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. Italian media said Alemanno would be the first foreign political figure to meet with Shalit since his release.
A large picture of Shalit was hung prominently on the wall of Rome’s City Hall building when he was named an honorary citizen.