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Israeli embassy reopens in Paraguay after 13 years

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Jerusalem: Israel reopened its embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay after 13 years of closure due to budgetary reasons, Israeli diplomatic officials said on Thursday.

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“The decision was taken by the Israeli government in May 2014 in order to strengthen the relations with Paraguay within the framework of earnest efforts to bolster mutual relations with Latin America in general,” according to Modi Ephraim, deputy director general of the South America division at the Israeli foreign ministry.

The opening ceremony took place on Wednesday in Asuncion and was attended by Nissim Ben-Shitrit, outgoing director general of the Israeli foreign ministry, and the newly-named Israeli Ambassador Peleg Lewi, who presented his credentials to Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes a few days ago.

The Paraguayan side was represented by Agriculture Minister Jorge Gattini.

In recent years, bilateral relations between Israeli and Paraguay have strengthened both politically and economically.

(IANS/EFE)

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Elon Musk in Talks with Netanyahu for Tunnels in Israel

If the plans work out as intended, Musk’s tunneling firm — Boring Co. — could help in the development of Israel’s tangled transportation network

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink, is in negotiations with Israels government to build tunnels in the country, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I met a man that they call Elon Musk-have you heard of him? A real genius,” the New York-based The Algemeiner journal quoted Netanyahu as saying at a campaign event last week when asked about Israel’s transportation infrastructure.

“Right now, we’re in conversation with him to see if we can tunnel the State of Israel.”

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Netanyahu said he and Musk ate breakfast at the Prime Minister’s residence, where the billionaire entrepreneur mentioned tunneling, The Algemeiner reported on Sunday.

According to the state comptroller, ineffective public transportation could cost the Israeli economy $6.9 billion annually by 2030, if dire changes are not implemented.

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The billionaire entrepreneur visited Israel in March 2018 and has been in negotiations with Israel’s government to build tunnels.

If the plans work out as intended, Musk’s tunneling firm — Boring Co. — could help in the development of Israel’s tangled transportation network, the report said. (IANS)

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