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Moscow Will “strengthen” Cooperation with Arabs, Malenkov Says

Soviet Premier Georgi M. Malenkov, addressing the Supreme Soviet, emphasized that the resumption by Moscow of diplomatic relations with Israel need not be interpreted as meaning that the Soviet Government will not continue to strengthen its “cooperation” with the Arab countries, the Moscow radio reported today.

“The assertions of some foreign newspapers that the restoration of diplomatic relations with Israel will lead to a weakening of the relations of the Soviet Union with the Arab states are void of any foundation, “Premier Malenkov said. “The activity of the Soviet Government will be directed also in the future toward the strengthening of friendly cooperation with the Arab states.”

With regard to the renewed relations with Israel, Mr. Malenkov stated: “Striving to case the general tension, the Soviet Government agreed to restore diplomatic relations with the State of Israel. It took thereby into consideration the pledge of the Government of Israel that Israel will have no part in any union or agreement pursuing aggressive aims against the Soviet Union. We consider that the restoration of diplomatic relations will promote cooperation between the two states.”

(In Jerusalem, the Israel Foreign Office today refrained from commenting on Mr. Malenkov’s statement. Political circles there emphasized that no change is to be expected in Israel’s foreign policy. They expressed the hope that Israel would become a bridge between the East and the West in the present conflict.

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