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Israel Repudiates Report It Cooperates with Portugal to Suppress Independence

A Pravda report that Israel was cooperating with Portugal to suppress the independence movements in the African colonies of Angola and Mozambique was called “ludicrous” by a Foreign Ministry spokesman today. Noting that Israel was one of the first states in the Middle East to free itself from foreign rule, the spokesman said the Israeli government “has supported and will continue to support the liberation of all nations.” He said “Slanders of the kind for which Pravda is a mouthpiece will not cloud the sincere amicable relations existing between Israel and the African states with which Israel cooperates in practice despite being in a state of siege by the Arab states which are supported by the Soviet Union.”