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New Soviet Minister Presents His Credentials in Jerusalem

The new Soviet Minister to Israel, Alexander Abramov, today met with Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett here and handed him a copy of his credentials. He will formally present his credentials to President Ben Zvi at a ceremony here Friday.

Particularly noteworthy in today’s development was the fact that the Soviet envoy chose to travel to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem to present his credentials. All other diplomatic representatives in Israel maintain contact with the Foreign Ministry liaison office in Tel Aviv, as a sign of their non-recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. However, upon his arrival at Lydda airport yesterday, Minister Abramov said the Soviet Legation would be located in Tel Aviv.

Replying to newsmen’s questions today, the Soviet diplomat said that he had a “fine impression” of Israel as a rapidly developing country and that the continuous planting and building which can be seen everywhere is a “very fine picture.” He said it was his impression that the Israel delegation which went to Moscow to negotiate the sale of Israeli citrus products and the purchase of Russian crude oil was succeeding and that the oil would be arriving soon.

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