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Israel Frozen out of Asian Telecommunications Arrangement

The Israel Government has protested to the International Telephone Consultative Committee, whose subcommittee met in Lehore, Pakistan, earlier this month, against the failure of the group to insure Israel’s representation at the meeting or transfer of the meeting elsewhere to make Israel’s participation possible.

In its protest, the Israel Government pointed out that its representative to the subcommittee meeting was refused a visa to enter Pakistan. In view of this situation, the protest said, it was “irregular” not to cancel or transfer the session. It added that Israel reserves the right to supply data on its needs in the future and to request modification of any plan adopted in the absence of its representative. The session worked out an integrated plan for telecommunications for the Middle East and South East Asia.