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Australia Appoints Minister to Tel Aviv; Israel to Raise Its Consulate to Legation

The appointment of Osmond Charles William Furman, career diplomat, to be Australia’s first minister to Israel was confirmed today by Dr. Herbert V. Evatt, Minister of External Affairs. Mr. Furman has been charge d’affaires at the Australian Embassy in Nanking. Dr. Evatt said the appointment signalizes Australia’s important commercial and strategic interests regarding Israel.

(Confirming the designation of Osmond Furman as Australian Minister to Israel, Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett said in Tel Aviv that Israel, as of Nov. 15, would raise the Israel consulate in Australia to the status of a legation. The present consul, Harry Levin, will become charge d’affaires.)