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Delegation from Nicaragua Cancels Scheduled Visit to Israel

A delegation from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Agriculture which was to have visited Israel next month at the invitation of Mapam has indicated it will cancel the trip. It would have been the first official delegation from that Central American country to visit Israel since the Sandinista government came to power in 1979.

The apparent cancellation follows widespread reports that Israel was instrumental in transferring money paid by Iran for American weapons to the Reagan Administration-backed Contra rebels seeking to overthrow the Sandinista government.

Israel’s involvement in that transaction was alleged by U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese at a White House press conference November 25. Israel has vigorously denied that it was ever aware of the transfer.