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Shamir: Israel Willing to Sell Arms to Honduras, but Will Not Aid Contras

Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir said in Honduras Monday that Israel will be forthcoming to a request by Honduras for Israeli arms. But Shamir, according to an Israeli spokesperson in New York, stressed that Israel’s willingness to sell arms to Honduras has nothing to do with the situation in Nicaragua.

“Israel will not extend any assistance to the Contras,” The anti-Nicaraguan government rebels within Honduras, Shamir was quoted as saying by the Israeli spokesperson here.

Shamir spoke at a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, capital, where he opened the Israeli Embassy earlier in the day. Shamir was received at the palace by President Jose Ascona Hoyo. Shamir invited Ascona Hoyo to visit Israel and the President accepted, the Israeli spokesperson said.