In one of his first official acts, leftist President Rodrigo Borja welcomed Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega with full military honors and restored diplomatic relations with Managua severed in 1985.

Borja, at a luncheon Thursday described by aides as a "mini-summit," hosted the presidents of six other Latin American countries in a wide-ranging discussion of regional issues, including the civil war in Nicaragua and a forthcoming plebiscite in Chile.The meeting for the first time brought Ortega and Cuban President Fidel Castro - the region's most radical heads of state - together with some of Latin America's more moderate leaders.

Borja, a reformist with leftist leanings, took office Wednesday night, succeeding Leon Febres Cordero, a conservative businessman with staunch anti-communist and free-market economic policies.