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

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.