LONDON (May. 18)
The Israeli financial mission now in London yesterday held its first formal meeting with British Government representatives since last Wednesday. No details of the talks were made public.
Sir William Strang, permanent Undersecretary in Foreign Office, “will be welcome guest” at Tel Aviv, an Israeli legation spokesman declared here today. The announcement was made in connection with Strang’s scheduled departure Saturday for a month’s trip to Tripoli and the Middle East, including Cairo, Baghdad Amman, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The Foreign Office said today that Sir William’s tour will be a “fact finding assignment.” A spokesman declared that it is not the purpose of the Strang mission to conduct any negotiations but to make an on-the-spot survey of condition in each to country. He will confer with leading government figures in each of the countries he visits. The spokesman compared Strang’s forthcoming Middle East journey to his recent tour of the Far East.