ROME (Jan. 25)
Italy has granted de facto recognition to the state of Israel, a Foreign Ministry spokesman announced today to the press. He added that the raising of the Italian consular representative in Tel Aviv to diplomatic rank was imminent. “Commercial negotiations between the two countries are now proceeding in the revealed.
Israeli Consul-General Arie Oren was informed today by the Italian Foreign Ministry that the Italian Government has instructed its Consul-General in Jerusalem to conduct talks with the Government of Israel in connection with the anticipated official announcement of the Cabinet’s decision to extend recognition to the Jewish state.