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Israeli Legation Mum on Report That Transjordan-israeli Contact Established in London

Reports circulating here today said that contact has been made between members of the Transjordanian mission now visiting London and the Israeli diplomatic mission to Britain. The reports were neither confirmed nor denied by Israeli legation sources here.

The visit which British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin made late today to King Abdullah at the latter’s suite at the Hyde Park Hotel here was said to be purely a courtesy call. Informal talks have been going on between the Transjordan monarch and officials of the British Government, chiefly on the subject of subsidies and supplies for the Arab Legion. The question of the future status of Jerusalem is also understood to have been discussed.

The question of the reopening of the Haifa oil refineries was one of the subjects taken up by Israeli representatives and British Government officials at a weekend meeting, it was learned here. Some quarters were reported “highly optimistic” as to an early, satisfactory outcome of the talks. No comment was available, however, from the Israeli legation here.