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Israel Vietnam Ties Unlikely

May 2, 1975
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Israelis do not expect any sort of relations to develop with the new Communist regime in Saigon despite statements by its representatives that it was ready to establish relations with all countries. There is “not a hope in hell of ties with ‘Ho Chi Min City,’ “political circles here said today in reply to queries by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

They were responding to yesterday’s statements in Paris by Dinh Ba Thi, representative of the Provisional Revolutionary Government (Viet Cong) which now rules South Vietnam that his country intended to follow a policy of non-alignment and was ready to establish relations with all countries whatever their political or social regime “on the basis of mutual respect of independence and sovereignty.”

The Israeli circles pointed out that North Vietnam has for years ignored Israel’s public statements calling for diplomatic relations with Hanoi. They also noted that in neighboring Cambodia. Prince Sihanouk, titular head of the pro-Communist Khmer Rouge regime, has already announced that he will have nothing to do with Israel.

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