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Portugal Will Honor Commitment to Open a Resident Embassy in Israel

Premier Shimon Peres has received personal assurances from Premier Mario Suarez of Portugal that he will honor the commitment he gave Peres some time ago to open a resident Embassy in Israel when Peres becomes Prime Minister.

The message was delivered by Jose Luis Nunes, a key Suarez political aide, who called on Peres here yesterday. The Israeli Premier responded with a warm invitation to Suarez to visit Israel. Nunes heads the Socialist faction in the Portuguese parliament.

Peres and Suarez are both members of the Socialist International. Portugal and Israel established diplomatic relations in the 1970’s. Israel opened a resident Embassy in Lisbon but until now Portugal has been represented in Israel by a non-resident Ambassador.