WASHINGTON (Dec. 20)
Israel’s new Ambassador to the United States, Ephraim Evron, met briefly with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance at the State Department yesterday afternoon to present Vance with a copy of his credentials. The meeting took place only hours after Evron took over his duties at the Israeli Embassy, replacing former Ambassador Simcha Dinitz who left Washington yesterday to return to Israel. Evron will be received at the White House at a later date to formally present his credentials to President Carter.
Meeting with reporters at the State Department, the new envoy said he told Vance during their “brief, pleasant chat” that “we remember that despite the current difficulties in our relations, Israel has no better friend or a more generous one than the American people.”
Evron said he spoke of U.S. contributions to Israel and that he would try to “overcome” the present difficulties between the two countries “and explain our position to the American government. I think he (Vance) agrees with what I said to him,” Evron added. He told the reporters that he and Vance “did not touch on matters of substance” during their conversation.