QUITO, Ecuador (Jun. 18)
The Republic of Ecuador formally entered into diplomatic relations with Israel today when Tuvia Arazi, Israel’s first representative to Ecuador presented his credentials as Plenipotentiary Minister to Camilo Ponce Enriquez, President of Ecuador, in the presence of Carlos Tobar Zaldumbide, Foreign Minister, and other Cabinet members.
Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, was heard for the first time publicly in Ecuador when a military band played it at the reception. Minister Arazi stressed in his address that relations between Israel and Ecuador should be based on the friendship and goodwill which Ecuador has repeatedly shown Israel in the past. President Camilo Ponce said in his reply he was happy to welcome the representative of a people which had made so many contributions for the progress of civilization.