As part of Israel’s effort to bolster its diplomatic and business ties with Latin America, PM Netanyahu and other Israelis visit Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. This is the first time an Israeli PM has ever visited South America. While in Argentina, he meets with Argentina’s President as well as the President of Paraguay. In Colombia, Israeli and Colombian officials sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on science and tourism cooperation. In his final stop, Netanyahu visits Mexico where he agrees to provide aid and support to the southern Mexican states recently devastated by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake. Additionally, Israel and Mexico sign bilateral agreements; including an MOU on space research, and separate agreements on aviation, communications, and development cooperation. 12 of the 33 countries that voted in favor of the historic 1947 UN resolution (#181) calling for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states were from Central and South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela).
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