MOSCOW (Apr. 19)
Golda Myerson, Israel’s first Minister to the Soviet Union, left here by plane today for Prague, en route to Israel where she will assume her new duties as Minister of Labor. The legation has been placed temporarily in the hands of Mordecai Namir, counsellor.
Mrs. Myerson., who was Minister to Moscow since last August, was seen off at the airport by M. Molochkov, chief of protocol of the Soviet Foreign Office, and a number of her friends in the diplomatic corps. Prior to her departure, she paid a call on Andrei Vishinsky, Soviet Foreign Minister. In a statement issued to the press yesterday, the retiring Israeli Minister said:
“I have learned much here and consider my stay in Moscow as one of the greatest experiences in my life. In the course of my work here I have had the honor of meeting ministers and high officials of the Soviet Union. They have all accorded me the most cordial reception. I will always remember the profound understanding shown by them of many problems of our young state.
“It was my earnest endeavor to further the development of friendly relations between the Soviet Union and the state of Israel. I sincerely hope I was successful to some extent. I will be very proud and happy of anything I was able to achieve in that direction.
“I have seen many magnificent expressions of culture and spirit in this great country of the Soviet peoples and its outstanding historical heritage. It is impossible to stay in the Soviet Union for even a few months without becoming deeply aware of the tremendous constructive effort which animates the entire Soviet society.”