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Soviet Envoy in Israel Addresses Conference in Tel Aviv

The Israel-Soviet Union Friendship Congress opened here this week-end, with Soviet Charge d’affaires M. Fomine as the main speaker. M. Fomine expressed his government’s regret that a delegation of Russians had been denied visas by the Israel Government to attend the parley. Other speakers at the meeting attacked the Israel Government’s decision in this matter.

A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, replying to the criticism, said that his government has offered to permit Soviet delegates to the Communist-sponsored Friendship Congress to enter the country on condition that they also visit places recommended by the government. He revealed that the Soviet Union has not replied to this proposal.