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Mexico Explains Its Stand

Foreign Minister Alfonso Garcia Robles said yesterday that Mexican-Israeli relations will remain good despite differences of opinion between the two countries. He said the policy of allowing for disagreements on international matters, especially the Middle East, was established when Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon paid an official visit to Mexico last March.

Robles was referring to Mexico’s implicit criticism of Israel’s rescue operation in Uganda, contained in a letter to the President of the UN Security Council rejecting the use of armed force to settle any conflict. He made his remarks during a meeting between President-elect Jose Lopez Portillo and a delegation of 25 Mexican-Jewish community leaders here. The group was headed by Enrique Elias, vice-president, and Sergio Nudelstejer, secretary general of the Central Jewish Committee of Mexico.

The Jewish leaders assured the next President of the continued loyalty and cooperation of Mexico’s Jewish community and presented him with the gift of the complete Encyclopedia Judaica Castellana published in Spanish in Mexico. Lopez Portillo responded by praising the contributions of Mexico’s Jews to the ideals and progress of the nation. He urged them to continue their activities for Mexico without forgetting their specific identity as Jews.

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