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Soviet Ambassador in Israel Discusses Issues with Progressive Party

Soviet Ambassador Alexander Abramov’s playing host last night to leaders of the Progressive Party at a dinner were viewed by political observers here today as a demonstrative gesture of approval for a group which favors a neutralistic Israel foreign policy. It was also noted that Ambassador Abramov recently talked with leaders of the leftist parties in the government, but not with the Mapai leadership.

The Ambassador spent three hours talking with Moshe Kol, party secretary Itzhak Artzi and Knesset deputy Gershon Shoken. It is understood that among the subjects covered in the conversation were various aspects of Israel’s foreign policy and the current Cabinet crisis. Yesterday, Mr. Abramov visited a Youth Aliyah village at Kiryat Yearim and inspected the progress which the children had made.

Meanwhile, it was learned here today that Israel was invited to exhibit at the World Congress for Town Planning to be held in Moscow during September, 1958. Government departments and the Jewish Agency are preparing photographs, colored charts, sketches and blueprints to be included in congress publications of urban and rural planning, housing and settlement projects. Material to be exhibited has already been sent to the congress and proofs of items to be included in the publications in Hebrew, Russian, French and English have been received here.

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