UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Aug. 18)
The fact that Farid Zeineddine, the Syrian Ambassador, was declared persona non grata in Washington, does not mean that he will not continue to head the Syrian delegation to the United Nations, it was pointed out today. The United States, by virtue of its agreement with the United Nations, must give him the necessary visas for attendance at the United Nations if the government makes the request.
The ousted Syrian was considered one of the most violent enemies of Israel and of the Jewish people and frequently descended into such depths of vituperation as to embarrass even his Arab associates.
The Washington Post & Times-Herald said editorially that the ouster of Zeineddine “is no cause for regret in itself for he has been spokesman and mentor here for the fanatical fringe of the Arab bloc. ” While deploring the ouster as giving Soviet propaganda “a wonderful handle, “the editorial said the action had probably been taken to bolster Jordan and “perhaps, too, it was intended to hearten Israel which has renewed border trouble with Syria.”