Dr. Zion Evrony presented credentials to Pope Benedict XVI on September 28 as Israel's new ambassador to the Holy See. The veteran diplomat said that this assignment is "much more than usual diplomatic mission." He was received by the pontiff at the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, bearing a letter of credence from Israeli President Shimon Peres.
The ambassador expressed his appreciation to the Pope for his friendship to Israel and to the Jewish people. The ambassador also expressed his satisfaction in presenting his credentials during a time of significant progress on the financial agreement between the State of Israel and the Holy See. Commenting on the meeting, Ambassador Evrony said, "It was a great honor and privilege to meet his holiness the pope. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me. I raised issues of concern to Israel and the future relations between Israel and the Holy See."
Ambassador Evony added, "The relations are good and are based on mutual trust. We hope for the speedy completion and signing of the financial agreement. This will pave the way for the upgrading and strengthening of the relations in many areas, including academia, culture, and combating anti-Semitism," he said. Averring the importance of the sensitive post, the diplomat said, "I am aware that this assignment is much more than a usual diplomatic mission. It is a great challenge, but a challenge I accept with enthusiasm."