Soviet President Says Russia Seems Relations with Israel on Basis of Mutual Friendship

President Nikolai Shvernik of the U.S.S.R. told Israeli Minister Mordecai Namir yesterday that the Soviet Government desires to see relations between that Soviet Union and Israel develop on a basis of mutual friendship. He emphasized the fact that the U.S.S.R. was the first world power to grant de jute recognition to Israel.

The Soviet President made these remarks in the course of a ceremony during which the Israeli Minister presented his credentials. He asked the Israeli diplomat general questions regarding the situation in Israel. Andrei Gromyko, Deputy Foreign Minister, participated in the conversation which was conducted in the Russian language. The latter displayed detailed knowledge of the problems now confronting the Jewish state.

In presenting his credentials, Mr. Namir said: “The Government and people of Israel value most highly the friendly attitude of the Soviet Government and its representatives at the United Nations towards our struggle for national independence. They send to the Soviet Government and to all the peoples of the U.S.S.R. their warmest greetings and expression of their firm belief in the further development an in the strengthening of our friendship to the advantage of both countries and for the purpose of universal peace.” Mr. Namir spokes in Hebrew and his statement was translated for the benefit of the Soviet President.

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