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Soviet Legation Will Function in Tel Aviv, New Envoy Announces

The new Soviet Minister to Israel, Alexander Abramov, who arrived here early this morning, immediately announced that the Soviet Legation would be opened in Tel Aviv, not in Jerusalem as had been reported previously.

The Soviet diplomat, the first Russian Minister to arrive since Pavel Yershov left more than nine months ago following the blasting of the Soviet Legation building and the rupturing of diplomatic relations by the USSR, said he was “happy to come to this old-new state.” He was welcomed at the airfield by representatives of the legations of the Eastern European bloc and representatives of the leftist Israel-Russian Friendship League.