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Washington Denies That U.S. Diplomats in Middle East Have Been Summoned by Truman

Official sources today denied a report that President Truman has summoned American diplomatic representatives from Middle Eastern countries for a conference in connection with the Palestine situation.

It was pointed out that Lowell C. Pinkerton, U.S. Consul General in Palestine, was here on leave from Jerusalem, and that the U.S. envoys to Egypt and Saudi Arabia had arrived here for periodic State Department consultations. George Wadsworth, U.S. envoy to Syria and Lebanon is due here about November 1 for similar consultation. These visits, official sources emphasized, were in the nature of State Department routine and no general consultation was going on.

The War Department today denied to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report published in a New York newspaper that Walter Lichtenstein of Chicago has been named an assistant to Judge Simon Rifkind who has been appointed civilian adviser to Gen. Eisenhower on Jewish affairs.