JERUSALEM (Feb. 12)
Israel and Ivory Coast announced the resumption of full diplomatic relations Wednesday in joint statements released simultaneously here and in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital. Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir said an Israeli Ambassador will take up his post in the West African nation shortly.
An Ambassador from Ivory Coast will soon establish an Embassy in Tel Aviv. The country had its Embassy in Jerusalem before it broke relations with Israel in 1973 in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, and still owns the building there.
The two countries agreed in principle to restore relations during a meeting last December between Premier Shimon Peres and President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast. The meeting, in Geneva, had not been announced in advance.