The traditional good relations between Israel and Uruguay, that have started in 1947, when Uruguay played an active role in securing the passage of the partition resolution and was among the first Latin American to recognize Israel, were further cemented by the week long visit to Israel of President Julio Maria Sanguinetti as guest of President Herzog. The following joint declaration was issued at the conclusion of the visit:
The president of the Republic of Uruguay, Dr. Julio Maria Sanguinetti, having responded to an official invitation from the Israel Government, paid an official visit to the State of Israel from 1-5 May 1986.
During his stay in Israel his excellency the President of Uruguay met with his excellency the President of Israel, thus reaffirming the traditional relations and the feelings of friendship and understanding that exist between the two governments which enables the tightening of the bilateral relations between them.
In their talks the two presidents reviewed the state of the bilateral relations between the two countries, and held an exchange of views which demonstrated concurrence between the two governments on a range of international issues.
The two presidents expressed their conviction that the Contadora Group and the "support" group constitute the most viable means for a solution of the issues in dispute in Central America, and they expressed their conviction of the need for vigorous international desire for a peaceful solution of the problems afflicting the region, and of the need to prevent the tense situation in Central America from becoming a broader conflict.
They expressed their positions advocating respect for human rights and for the development of mechanisms and institutions that will ensure their maintenance and protection. They also declared their agreement that the democratic form of government is the best guarantee of freedom, of the upholding of the law, and of peace and justice. They affirmed their belief in this form of government and they urge its reinforcement.
The two presidents lauded the historic fact of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt which was signed on 26 March 1979, with Uruguay being one of the first countries to give this treaty its support.
At the conclusion of their talks, the two president decided to issue the following joint communique. They:
(1) Reaffirm their unreserved adherence for the principles of international law, especially those that consecrate the sovereign equality of states, non-intervention by external elements in the internal affairs of states, absolute respect for national territorial sovereignty, and the right of all the countries in the region to live peacefully within secure and recognized borders.
(2) Stress the support of their governments for the peace process in the Middle East for the attainment of a firm basis for a durable peace in the region in accordance with Resolution 242 and 338 of the United Nations Security Council.
(3) Condemn the violence, terrorism and subversion that are undermining the foundations of democracy, and the groups employing these methods which are harming elementary human rights.
(4) Express their full supports being made by the developing countries to encourage international economic cooperation with the developed countries to help the former develop. They also express their belief that the most effective way to arrive at the renewal of the north-south dialogue is by taking into account the opinions and contributions of all the interested parties without exception on the basis of the principle of universality.
(5) Declare their support for activities that will lead to economic cooperation among the developing countries for the maximum expansion and realization of the relations between countries and regions that are in a process of development. In this spirit the presidents reaffirm their desire to intensify the economic relations between the two countries in order to encourage the development of their countries.
(6) Declared that the question of the external debt constitutes a very grave economic and political problem facing the developing countries. The solution to this problem must bring about the bolstering of democratic stability and the development for the welfare of the people.
(7) Express their satisfaction with the state of the bilateral relations and with the ties that exist between the two countries, which find expression in all matters of common interest.
(8) Reemphasize the importance of the cooperation between the two countries in the areas of agriculture, culture, science and technology, and in any other area which could contribute to tightening the ties between the two peoples. Apropos of this they express their satisfaction that on the occasion of this visit a special agreement was signed for the implementation of projects and programs for technical and economic cooperation.
(9) Stress the importance of the talks that were held between the two presidents, which undoubtedly contributed to a further strengthening of the ties of friendship, cooperation and mutual respect that exist between the two nations.
(10) Within the framework of their exchange of views, the Israeli side expressed the deep appreciation of the people and government of Israel for Uruguay's participation in the Sinai Multinational force. This fact expresses faithfully the adherence of the government and people of Uruguay to peace and security in the Middle East and throughout the world.
(11) His excellency President Dr. Julio Maria Sanguinetti expressed his profound gratitude for the many honors accorded him and for the warm hospitality he and his encourage received during their visit on the part of the president, the government and the people of Israel.
His Excellency President Dr. Julio Maria Sanguinetti invited the president of the State of Israel to pay a reciprocal visit to Uruguay.