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Golda Meir Meets with State Department; Will Leave U.S. This Week

Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, held a half-hour conference today with Christian A. Herter, acting head of the State Department. After the conference, Mrs. Meir described the visit as a “courtesy call.” In response to a question, she said that she is terminating her current visit to the United States at the end of this week, and returning home via Paris.

High-ranking U. S. officials and members of the diplomatic corps today attended a luncheon honoring Mrs. Meir. The luncheon, tendered by Ambassador Abba Eban, was attended by the British, Turkish, Mexican and other Ambassadors. Others in attendance included Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, Secretary of Labor James Mitchell, and a number of U. S. Senators. C. Douglas Dillon, Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, attended with William Rountree, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, and other State Department officials.

Brig. Gen. M. Elan, Israeli Army staff officer in charge of logistics, met in Washington today with high-ranking officials of the Department of Defense and U. S. Armed forces. He conferred especially with officials concerned with logistics, and was a guest at logistics installations in the District of Columbia area. The Israeli General was welcomed by U.S. military authorities. Gen. Elan is deputy Chief of Staff of the Israel defense forces, and heads the logistics section.

Ambassador Eban was awarded honorary citizenship of the State of Maryland at a ceremony held in Baltimore yesterday, the Embassy of Israel announced.

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