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Shazar’s Visit to Uruguay Results in Pact on Atomic Energy for Peace

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The first concrete result of the current visit to Uruguay by Israel’s President Zalman Shazar was achieved here today, when an agreement was signed at ceremonies in the Foreign Ministry for Israeli-Uruguayan cooperation in the development and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

The pact was signed on behalf of Uruguay by Foreign Minister Luis Vidal Zaglio and, for Israel, by Israel’s Ambassador here, Hagai Dikan. Yesterday, Mr. Vidai Zagio held a conference in his offices with President Shazar, then presented to the Israeli President the principal members of the foreign diplomatic corps in Montevideo.

The Uruguayan Ministry of Posts announced this morning that it is rushing into print and distribution a second issue of 100,000 special postage stamps, bearing the portrait of Mr. Shazar. The first issue of that stamp, at a value of seven pesos, was placed on sale yesterday. By nightfall, it developed that the entire first issue of 100,000 had been sold out.

Bestowal of extraordinary honors on Mr. Shazar and on his wife, Mrs. Rachel Shazar, who accompanied him on his visit to Uruguay as the first stop of a six-week tour of four Latin American countries, continued today. The Israeli President was received this morning in the chambers of the Uruguayan Supreme Court by all the members of the country’s highest tribunal.

Last night, after two gala dinners staged for the visitors — one by President Alberto Heber for the guest President, the other for Mrs. Shazar, given by Mr. Heber’s sister, Donna Blanca Usher de Pons — the Israeli visitors were guests of honor at a concert by the Uruguayan Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra, conducted by its Chinese guest conductor, Choo Hoey, featured a symphony, entitled “Anne Frank,” written by the Uruguayan Jewish composer, Leon Biriotti.

At noon today, Mrs. Shazar was the guest of honor at a luncheon given for her by the Organization of Uruguayan Jewish Women. The wife of President Shazar called on the Jewish women here to maintain unity in the fight against anti-Semitism.

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