LIMA (Aug. 16)
Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban, during a brief stopover in Peru enroute from Brazil to Bolivia, met with his Peruvian counterpart. Brig. Gen. Miguel Angel de la Flor Valle. The meeting was seen as important to Israel since Peru is a member of the United Nations Security Council.
Eban later told reporters that agreements were indispensable to obtain peace in the Middle East, but they could only be arrived at through dialogue and negotiations. Unfortunately, he added, the Middle East is the only area in the world where there is no dialogue. “I really hope,” he said, “that the day will some time arrive when the Arab countries will realize that negotiation is the only real way towards peace.”
Gen. de la Flor Valle invited Eban to visit Peru officially in the future and Eban extended an invitation for the Peruvian official to come to Israel. In addition to an official welcome by the Peruvian government, Eban was greeted at the airport here by Moshe Avidan, the Israeli Ambassador to Peru, and by leaders of the Lima Jewish community.