JERUSALEM (Dec. 12)
Israel and the Republic of Ireland have decided to establish full diplomatic relations, an official Foreign Ministry statement revealed here tonight. At first there will be non-resident ambassadors, but sources here hope that within a short time embassies will be set up in the two countries. The official statement spoke of the decision as “affirming the desire to strengthen the friendly relations and cooperation between the peoples of their countries….” Ambassadors would be exchanged “initially on a non-resident level” the statement added.
Sources here told the JTA the move had been agreed to by Israel’s and Ireland’s Foreign Ministers at their meeting at the UN on Sept. 25. Further contacts were pursued by the two UN delegations and later by the Israel Embassy in London. Ireland has recently decided to open diplomatic ties with Lebanon and Egypt. It has not until now had any such ties with Mideast countries.