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British Foreign Secretary Discusses Peace Possibilities in Israel

Selwyn Lloyd, British Foreign Secretary, arrived here today to confer with Israeli Government leaders. At the airport he told newsmen that he had come to explore ways of keeping peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors along the borders and to study the possibilities of a permanent peace settlement.

Mr. Lloyd, who will remain in this country until tomorrow morning, was received by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, and a number of Western diplomats. After passing through a guard of honor at the Lydda airport, Mr. Lloyd spoke to newsmen and then proceeded to Tel Aviv and on to Jerusalem where he met with Premier David Ben Gurion and later with United Nations truce chief Maj. Gen E.L.M. Burns. He was also received by President Itzhak Ben Zvi. Mr. Lloyd was Mr. Sharett’s guest at dinner tonight.

Although there was no communique issued after Secretary Lloyd’s discussion with Premier Ben Gurion and Mr. Sharett, it is understood that they met in a “friendly and frank atmosphere” and that their conversation ranged from Israel’s problems to those of the entire Middle East. It is believed that they touched on how the Tripartite Declaration of 1950 could be applied to Israel’s present situation and also spoke of the Arab blockade of Israel.

During their meeting a group of some 20 Communist youths marched on the Premier’s office shouting “Down with warmonger Lloyd. We want peace and national independence.” They were dispersed by police four blocks from the Premier’s office. Several were detained.

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