JERUSALEM (Jul. 15)
Rumania has asked Israel for extensive aid to help repair damage caused by recent floods in that country, the government disclosed today. The Rumanian Charge d’Affaires, Gheorge Roata, met last night with Commerce and Industry Minister Haim Barlev to convey his government’s request for phosphates, seeds, animal feed, irrigation piping and electrical equipment. He also asked for long-term credit facilities, apparently to help cover the cost of the requested aid.
Barlev, who visited Rumania last year, expressed his profound sympathy for the Rumanian flood victims and said he would pass on the aid request to the government for consideration. Rumania is the only Communist bloc country that maintains formal diplomatic ties and trade relations with Israel.