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Brazilian Foreign Ministry Warns Egyptian Embassy Against Israel Boycott

October 25, 1966
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The Brazilian Foreign Ministry announced at a press conference here today that it would investigate a report issued by the Egyptian Embassy that a regional office of the Arab Boycott Committee against Israel has been opened in Brazil, with the purpose of blacklisting all companies doing business with Israel. The Egyptian announcement was contained in an information bulletin sent by that country’s embassy to local newspapers.

Pio Correa, director-general of the Foreign Ministry, who is acting for the Foreign Minister while the latter is out of the country, said that, if it was found that an Arab boycott office was operating in this country against Israel, the Government would take energetic steps to cope with the situation. He said the Government would not tolerate any campaign against a country with which Brazil maintains friendly relations.

The Egyptian Embassy announcement of the opening of the Arab boycott office was also criticized by the influential newspaper, Jornal do Brasil, which warned the Egyptian legation not to involve Brazil in its campaign against Israel and not to abuse the hospitality of the Brazilian Government by issuing such information bulletins “loaded with vitriolic propaganda against a country with which Brazil maintains close ties.”

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