Argentina-libya Pacts Source of Concern

An Argentine delegation which visited Libya last week reported today a number of agreements, including guarantees of oil from Libya which observers said might affect the traditionally friendly ties of Argentina with Israel. The delegation said agreement also had been reached on cultural exchanges between the two countries, participation by Argentina in an international fair in Tripoli, creation of a “House of Libyan Culture” in Buenos Aires and the opening of embassies in the two countries.

The official communique on the negotiations said that “above and beyond the economic, financial and cultural results of the mission, its success should be measured by the total accord obtained in the political and ideological fields.” The communique added that Argentina had become “the undisputed bridge country linking the brotherly Arab world with Latin America.” adding that “the true liberation from the yoke of imperialism starts with the resolute integration of third world peoples.” The announcement was made by President Peron’s press secretary, who distributed photographs of Peron and President Muammar Qaddafi of Libya.

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