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President Truman Receives Sharett; Discuss Democracy in Near East

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Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett met for the first time with President Truman today and expressed the “profound gratitude of our people for the line of consistent support extended by the President and the United States.”

Mr. Sharett expressed the hope to the President that Israel will have an opportunity to justify his confidence. The conversation today, Mr. Sharett said, centered on the future of democracy in the Near East and the improvement of standards of living in that area. The President expressed hope for peace in the area and for the consolidation of the forces of democracy.

The Foreign Minister told Mr. Truman that it would give Israel “immense pleasure” to welcome him to Israel as a guest of the state. He assured the President of an enthusiastic welcome. Mr. Sharett was accompanied by Israel Ambassador Abba Eban.

President Truman today announced the granting of an annual immigration quota for Israel of 100 persons. The announcement of this quota by the White House followed recommendations by the Acting Secretary of State, the Acting Secretary of Commerce, and the Attorney General in accordance with the duty imposed on them by the Immigration and Nationality Act. Jordan was granted a similar quota of 100 as was Arab Palestine.

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