London (Aug. 26)
An official announcement issued today by the British Foreign Office states that the forthcoming round-table conference on Palestine will open in London on Sept. 9.
Invitations have been sent to the governments of Arab states, to the Jewish Agency for Palestine and to the Palestine Arab Higher Committee, the announcement said.
A Foreign Office spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the invitations to the Arab states were sent out by his office, while the invitations to the Palestine Arabs and to the Jews were extended by the Colonial office after consultation with the Foreign Office.
Although no formal acceptances have yet been received, the Foreign Office assumes that all Arab states will participate in the talks, the spokesman said. He declined to comment on a report from Jerusalem that the Agudas Israel organization received an invitation, independent of the Jewish Agency, to designate its representatives to the London conference.
Prime Minister Attlee today came from his country home at Chequers to London to meet with Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin on the forthcoming talks on Palestine with Arabs and Jews. Bevin, who is flying tomorrow to Paris to attend the sessions of the Peace Conference, may return to London on Wednesday when it is expected that the Cabinet will be summoned to discuss the replies by Jews and Arabs to the invitations to attend the London parley.