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Portuguese Official in Israel Says His Visit is Part of Normalizing Relations Between Israel, Portug

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Portugal’s Minister of Agriculture Antonio Lopez Cardoso arrived here yesterday on a visit to Israel as the guest of Agriculture Minister Aharon Uzan. Cardoso described his visit as part of “the process of normalization in relations between the two countries.”

He said his talks here would not be confined exclusively to agricultural subjects because “as a minister in the Portuguese government my duties include dealing with political subjects as well.” The minister is accompanied by his wife, Maria Fernanda Cardoso who is active in Portugal’s agricultural development.

Cardoso’s first meeting was with Shlomo Avineri director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, who reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East. Cardoso expressed hope afterwards that further steps will be taken to improve Portuguese-Israel relations. A similar statement was made when Avineri visited Portugal two months ago.

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