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Avineri to Lisbon

Shlomo Avineri, the director general of the Foreign Ministry, left today for Lisbon, Portugal, to officially participate in a meeting of Hegelian scholars. Avineri, the former head of the Hebrew University political science department, is considered an international expert on Hegel the German idealist philosopher who developed the modern system of dialectics, and on Marxism, it was stressed here that Avineri’s trip has nothing to do with recent indications that Portugal may decide to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, following a statement by Premier Mario Soares that such a step was anticipated.