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American, British Diplomats in Israel Active; Expect U.N. to Discuss Arab Blockade

Marked diplomatic activity has been noted in the last few days around the government offices at Hakirya and at the United Nations on the question of raising in the Security Council the issue of the Egyptian blockade of the Suez Canal.

In this city, American Ambassador Monnet Davis called on Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett yesterday, while British Minister Alexander Knox Helm visited both Premier David Ben Gurion and Mr. Sharett. Minister Relm’s visits were officially termed courtesy visits prior to his return to Britain on vacation. The meetings last week in New York between Israeli delegate Abba Eban and Soviet U.N. representative Jacob Malik are also believed to have dealt with the Suez Canal issue.

Meanwhile, it was learned that on July 1, an Egyptian coastal patrol at the mouth of the Gulf of Akaba intercepted and searched a British freighter–the Empire Roach–which was carrying supplies into the Gulf of Akaba. The suppression of news of the incident until now has attracted the interest of Israel’s Foreign Office.