TEL AVIV (Oct. 3)
A day after it declared independence, the tiny Pacific islandnation of Palau established full diplomatic relations with Israel.
A mutual-recognition agreement was signed Sunday by Israel’s ambassador to Fiji, Shmulik Moyal, and Palau’s foreign minister, Andre Uher-belau.
Formerly a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands which fell under U.S. supervision as part of a U. N. mandate established after World War II, Palau is located east of the Philippines and north of Papua New Guinea.
Comprising an archipelago of 340 islands and atolls, only 10 of them inhabited, Palau has a population of 16,000.