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Arabs to Boycott Cyprus Exhibition; Object to Israel’s Participation

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All Arab nations have decided to boycott the forth coming annual Cyprus economic exhibition because Israel has been invited to take part it was announced by the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, according to reports received here today.

The influential Guardian reported from Nicosia today that it appeared likely that Israel would come out on top in its competition with the Arab states to win the favor of the Cyprus Republic, slated for independence next month. The Guardian correspondent noted that Israel had much to offer the Cypriots “in the way of technical assistance and practical advice in the fields of education, medicine and general administration.”

There is plenty of scope for trade exchanges between Israel and Cyprus, the Guardian report declared, with the Israelis providing industrial and consumer goods against the agricultural produce of the Cypriots, and with Cyprus the natural playground for Israeli tourism.

“But if the precedents of Israeli enterprise among the Afro-Asian countries are anything to go by,” the report continued, “their main approach to the young Cypriot Republic will be on the basis of capital and know-how for the establishment of joint commercial and industrial enterprises.”

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