TEL AVIV — The Soviet Union has agreed to send a consular delegation to Israel in the first diplomatic exchange of its kind in almost 20 years, a Foreign Ministry official said today.
Israel radio said that the delegation is expected to arrive within two weeks and that an Israeli delegation later will visit the Soviet Union.
Avraham Tamir, director general of the Foreign Ministry, told Israel army radio that "the delegation is expected" and an Israeli delegation will "certainly" make a trip to the Soviet Union. He would not say when either visit would take place.
The Soviet visit was agreed upon in a meeting in Washington last week between Israel's ambassador to the United States, Meir Rosenne, and Soviet Charge d'Affaires Igor Sokolov, Israel radio said.