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PALAU WELCOMES NEW ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

KOROR (Palau Horizon, July 20) ó Palau President Tommy Remengesau has accepted the credentials of new Israel ambassador to Palau, Michael Ronen.

In a ceremony at his office, Remengesau with his cabinet ministers and some senators received Ronen, who replaced Gaby Levi.

Remengesau in his statement said that Palau is standing behind Israel in its "steadfast commitment" to fight terrorism.

He said Palau supported Israel when it was considered a "perpetrator of terrorism" rather than its victim.

"While the (United Nations) General Assembly stood silent in the face of genocide in the Sudan, that same General Assembly exerted enormous effort in condemning Israel, and Palau is not sympathetic to such inequity of treatment," Remengesau said.

The president added that it is also grateful for Israelís support for Palauís economic needs.

He asked for Israelís continued support for projects involving agriculture, marine culture and medical sciences.

"We are looking forward to visiting Israel in the very near future, so we may take the opportunity to further cultivate our relationship as friends," Remengesau said.

The president noted that Palau and Israel are both island nations.

"Palau is an island nation in a vast sea. Israel is a small nation in a sea of hostility. We hope and pray that the future will bring peace and prosperity to both of our countries," the president said.

Ronen for his part said his government is appreciative for Palauís support in the United Nations.

A dinner reception was hosted by Sen. Alan Seid to welcome Ronen.

July 20, 2005

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