Tunisian Govt. Has No Desire to Curtail Jewish Rights, Envoy Declares

Ambassador Mongi Slim of Tunisia today assured Dr. Maurice L. Perlzweig, representative of the World Jewish Congress, that his Government had no desire to curtail the opportunities of the Jewish community in his country to exercise the right of association, and that any revision of the statute under which the Jewish community operates would be made only after full and sympathetic consultation with the community.

Recalling that among those who had been interned before independence with President Bourguiba and himself were a number of Jewish leaders who had been in the forefront of the struggle, the Ambassador declared that the Tunisian national movement had been fighting for the freedom of all Tunisians; including the Jews.

Dr. Perlzweig had conveyed the apprehensions of many Jewish leaders that contemplated changes reported in the press might establish a precedent which would create difficulties for other Jewish communities facing similar problems. He expressed the hope that these apprehensions were unfounded. The Ambassador undertook to communicate immediately with his government.

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