Visits by world leaders to Israel

As Russian President Vladimir Putin becomes the first leader of Russia or the Soviet Union to visit Israel, we take a brief look at groundbreaking visits to the country since it attained statehood in 1948.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel on Wednesday

    1964 - Pope Paul VI, the first pontiff to visit Israel.

     

    1973 - Willy Brandt, the first German chancellor to visit, following establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1965.

     

    1974 - Richard Nixon, the first US president to visit.

     

    1977 - President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, the first Arab leader, followed in 1994 by King Husain of Jordan.

     

    2000 - Jiang Zemin, first Chinese president to visit.

     

    2005 - President Vladimir Putin, the first leader from Russia or the former Soviet Union.

     

    Many states, mostly in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, do not have formal ties with Israel.

     

    Others who do have ties have been wary of sending high-ranking visitors to Israel for fear of damaging their relations with the Islamic world.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.