LIMA (Jun. 24)
Israel’s improving relations with the nations of Central and South America was discussed at a meeting of Israel’s diplomatic representatives held here. The conference included the ambassadors and chiefs of mission to Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil and Ecuador.
The conference was held under the leadership of Dr. Chaim Yachil who explained that the meeting was of a routine nature and is held each year to evaluate the political situation in Central and South America. Dr. Yachil stressed the friendly ties between Israel and the nations of the Southern Hemisphere.
President Belaunde of Peru honored those attending the conference with a special dinner at his palace. Also invited were leaders of the Peruvian Jewish community and high ranking government officials.
Dr. Yachil’s visit to Peru coincided with the visit of an Egyptian emissary whose mission was to disseminate anti-Israel propaganda in connection with Israel’s Jordan River plan. At a press conference held in Lima, Dr. Yachil had an opportunity to explain Israel’s right to the use of the Jordan waters as well as reiterate his country’s wish for peaceful cooperation with her Arab neighbors.
The Peruvian journalists expressed great interest in the mutual assistance pact between Israel and Peru. At present a number of military officials are in Israel studying the Nahal – soldier-farmer corps and the Gadna cadet corps with the view of adapting these systems to Peru for the colonization of the Jungle region.