MEXICO CITY (Mar. 9)
Mexico’s relations with Israel, badly strained two years ago over anti-Zionist resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly, are better than they have been for many years, according to Mexico’s Foreign Minister Santiago Roel. He told the press he was pleased with the growing cooperation between the two countries in the realms of business, science and culture.
The daily, El Nacional, an organ of the Mexican government, meanwhile, praised the Israeli Minister Yigal Horowitz who presides over the Israeli section of the joint Israeli-Mexican Commission on Trade. The commission currently is discussing means to increase tourism and commerce and joint industrial projects.
El Nacional said it has inaugurated a new chapter in relations between Israel and Mexico and welcomed Horowitz for helping to solidify the friendship between the two peoples and governments. The Israeli members of the commission consist of merchants, industrialists and scientists. They have formed a new joint company, Sol-Koor, with Israeli and Mexican capital to promote industrial development in Mexico in cooperation with Israel’s Koor Industries.
On a political note, the Israeli Ambassador, Shaul Rosolio, told reporters here that the Soviet Union and hard-line Arab countries are sabotaging the current Israeli-Egyptian peace efforts. He predicted, however, that a peace settlement will ultimately be signed to the mutual benefit of Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.