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Israeli Envoy Ends European Tour of Duty

Yossef Hadass, Israel’s ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and the European Economic Community, ended a four year tour of duty Sunday and returned to Jerusalem.

Hadass, 59, will take over the post of deputy director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry for Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. He will replace Avi Primor, who, in turn, succeeds him as ambassador to Belgium.

Hadass, a career diplomat, had the honor of raising the Israeli flag for the first time over the newly opened Israel Embassy in Cairo in February 1980.

At a farewell meeting with Belgian journalists here Sunday, he spoke of the excellent relations between Israel and Belgium, which has become Israel’s most important trading partner in the EEC. This is largely because of Israel’s exports of cut diamonds to Belgium, where they are further processed.

Hadass also spoke of the improved political dialogue between Israel and the European Community, especially during Belgium’s tenure as president of the EEC Council of Ministers earlier this year. The presidency is rotated regularly among the 12 EEC member states.

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