Paraguay and Israel are looking to expand economic and cultural cooperation, particularly in technology and agriculture.
Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes is looking to strengthen ties with Israel Tuesday during the final day of his three-day visit with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In addition to addressing economic, social, and cultural cooperation with Netanyahu on Tuesday, Cartes also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday to discuss agreements on technology, agriculture, and education.
The Paraguayan president will also meet with opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Tuesday and visit an engineering school.
The Jerusalem Post called Cartes a “rare ally in South America,” along with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Cartes lauded “an exciting and historic time” for both countries and welcomed the broadened cooperation. In recent years, Paraguayan officials have heralded the South American country as the entry point for Israeli technology in Latin America, while Israeli politicians have hailed its “favorable” tax system and “stable business environment.”
But Cartes’ visit hasn’t been without controversy. The Palestine Liberation Organization slammed the Paraguayan head of state for visiting the Old City of Jerusalem in occupied Palestinian territories as part of his diplomatic agenda.
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