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Israel Ambassadors Start Consultations with Foreign Minister

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Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister began consultations today with Israel’s Ambassadors to Washington, London, Paris and Moscow who had been called home for urgent discussions in which Premier David Ben Gurion will participate this week-end.

The Ambassadors will report on talks they held at the Foreign Ministries of the countries to which they are accredited just prior to embarking for Israel. Mrs. Meir will brief them on government policy, the latest developments and the situation leading to and arising from Israel’s boycott of the meetings of the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission.

Upon arrival here last night, Abba Eban, Ambassador to Washington, said that Israel appears to be gaining ground in her fight for freedom of passage through the Suez Canal. Her legal right is unchallenged, he said, but noted that there was considerable distance between legal rights and reality.

Yaacov Tsur, the envoy to Paris, reported that France’s interest in Israel is rising and said that important personalities–whose identity he would not disclose–would shortly visit Israel.

Joseph Avidar, Ambassador to Moscow said that the only positive statement from the USSR had been made by Deputy Premier Anastas Mikoyan who, in a conversation with newsmen at a reception at the Afghan legation earlier this week, had agreed that Israel had the right to send shipping through the Suez Canal. The government, Mr. Avidar cautioned, has made no official statement on the matter.

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