KINSHASA, Congo (AP) _ The Congolese government Tuesday denied that its award of a diamond export monopoly to an Israeli company was made in exchange for Israeli training of an anti-smuggling force in this mineral-rich nation.

The denial, in a communique from the Congolese Office for Public and Private Investments, came after Nkere Ntanda Nkingi, a special investments adviser to Congo's President Laurent Kabila, told The Associated Press the Israeli army would train the anti-smuggling unit.

But the Tuesday statement said the contract, ``does not involve setting up of Congolese by any Israeli institution involved either at military, police or security level.''

In an earlier interview with an Associated Press correspondent, Nkere said that the Israeli company, I.D.I., received the contract in exchange for the training.

I.D.I., based in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, has also denied offering the training, saying it had only agreed to suggest names of security experts to the Congolese.

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said Tuesday that ``Israel has no export relations with Congo ... There were in the past negotiations between Israeli military industries and Congo to try to set up a school for training but nothing came out of this.''

The deal, which was signed on July 31, gives control of diamond exports to a joint venture called International Industries Congo, composed of the Congolese government and I.D.I.

Under an 18-month contract, the partnership has the right to buy all diamonds produced in territory under the control of the Congolese government. This includes the state diamond producer, Bakwanga Mines, plus all diamonds sold by private businesses.

Congo has one of the world's largest deposits of diamonds, which have helped fuel a two-year civil war involving numerous rebel groups and soldiers from numerous neighboring countries.