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Honduranf .m. Arrives in Israel

August 13, 1985
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The Foreign Minister of Honduras, Dr. Edgardo Paz Barnica, arrived in Israel today from Cairo, bringing with him a note from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak which he will deliver to Premier Shimon Peres when they meet here later this week. Barnica was greeted at the airport by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Barnica said that Honduras hopes to receive additional agricultural and technical aid from Israel, but no further military assistance “of the types obtained from Israel till now. ” He did not describe what these types were.

The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, was quoted in an interview in Haaretz last week as charging that Israel was training and arming the United States-backed Contra rebel forces fighting for the overthrow of the Sandinista government from bases in Honduras.

Ortega said also that he thought Israel was being “manipulated” in this respect by the Reagan Administration in Washington and said he was ready to show proof of such Israeli assistance to the Contras. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement denying Ortega’s charges.

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