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Israel-south Vietnam Formal Diplomatic Ties Due This Week

Diplomatic sources disclosed today that official ceremonies marking the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Israel and South Vietnam will be held later this week in Phnom Penh, the capital of neighboring Cambodia. Observers here believe that Cambodia was the intermediary in contacts between Israel and Saigon which led to the decision to establish diplomatic ties. According to the sources, each country would assign a resident ambassador to the other. A Foreign Ministry spokesman refused to confirm or deny the reported plans for a ceremony.