Eban Discusses Jordan Water Development Study with State Department

The attention of the State Department was drawn today to recommendations of an American board of engineers which included a conclusion that Israel should resume work on the disputed Bnot Yaacov project of developing the Jordan River’s waters on the Syrian-Israel border.

Israel Ambassador Abba Eban discussed the engineering study with Herbert Hoover, Jr. Undersecretary of State. Today’s discussion pertained mainly to economic problems of mutual interest including financial assistance as well as irrigation. It is thought that the pending administration request for aid funds for Israel for the new fiscal year was discussed.

Acknowledging that the Jordan River matter was taken up with Mr. Hoover, Mr. Eban said the Israel Government would study the engineering recommendations with interest. He did not reveal Mr. Hoover’s reaction to the board’s report, if any. Mr. Eban, meanwhile, made known that he hoped to have an early opportunity to discuss the most recent border incidents with UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold who is now preparing a report to the UN on the cease-fire and related matters.

The State Department announced today that Israel has been invited to send an observer to a meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee to be held in Washington this week under U.S. Government auspices. Israel will be represented by Aryeh Manor, head of the New York office of the Israel Supply Mission. Egypt is a member of the international cotton group.

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