| Israel Sends Emergency Aid to Central America|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
The Foreign Ministry decided today (Tuesday), 3.11.98, to send emergency aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in response to the damage that they have suffered to both life and property as a result of Hurricane Mitch. The aid will include the immediate dispatch of medicines and the future dispatch of medical teams and assistance in rehabilitating agriculture in the stricken areas.
The Foreign Ministry is working with Israeli companies and entrepreneurs who are active in the stricken areas, and is encouraging them to contribute additional resources to the aid effort.
The nations of Central America maintain friendly and very close relations with Israel. El Salvador has its embassy in Jerusalem.
Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon has sent telegrams to his colleagues from each of the four aforementioned countries:
"On behalf of the Israeli people and government, as well as myself, please accept our deepest and heartfelt feelings of solidarity at this time of national tragedy.
We are watching, with concern and horror, the destruction and loss of life which have been caused by Hurricane Mitch. As an expression of our solidarity with your country, which is so friendly toward Israel, I have ordered the immediate dispatch of emergency aid.
We will closely monitor the situation and will consider the appropriate ways in which we might cooperate with your government in its reconstructive efforts."
|Update on Aid – November 10, 1998|