DUBLIN (Jan. 8)
Eliahu Elath, Israel Minister to Britain, arrived here for a five-day stay during which he will see the President of Eire and several Cabinet Ministers, including the Ministers for Trade and External Affairs. On his arrival, Minister Elath said his country would welcome the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Eire as well as an increase in trade between the two.
Commenting on Mr. Elath’s statement, a spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs said that relations were “very cordial” and that there are no political obstacles in the way of fuller diplomatic relations. However, he said, Eire is a small country which cannot afford to have diplomatic representatives in countries where there were few Irish residents, therefore it was not likely that an Irish envoy would be sent to Israel in the near future.