Paraguay reopens embassy in Israel after 12-year closure

By JTA
May 20, 2014 23:25

 
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After a 12-year closure, Paraguay reopened its embassy in Israel.

Israel closed its embassy in Paraguay in 2002 as part of budget-cutting measures, and Paraguay responded in kind.

In the ceremony Monday at the new embassy in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya Pituach, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin spoke of his trip last year to Paraguay for the inauguration of President Horacio Cartes. Elkin invited Cartes to visit Israel in order “to strengthen our ties.”

“We want to participate in infrastructure projects, and energy and agricultural modernization in Paraguay,” Elkin said.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will travel to Paraguay on July 24. His Paraguayan counterpart, Eladio Loizaga, also plans to visit Israel but has yet to set a date.

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