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Portuguese Premier Thanks Rabin

Premier Mario Soares of Portugal yesterday expressed hope for lasting and friendly relations between his country and Israel. In a cable to Premier Yitzhak Rabin. Soares said: “I thank you for your message of congratulations on my assuming the office of Prime Minister of Portugal. I look forward to the continuation of the friendly ties which already exist between our two states.”

Soares told the Portuguese Parliament last week that diplomatic relations between Portugal and Israel may soon be established. Israel has had a Consul General in Lisbon for years but Portugal never had an envoy in Israel. Meanwhile, Davar, the Histadrut newspaper, reported today that the Portuguese Minister of Agriculture is expected to visit Israel within a few weeks. During his visit, Portugal and Israel are expected to sign an agreement on agricultural cooperation.

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