Report Ben Gurion Agrees to Offer Foreign Ministry to Sharett

Premier David Ben-Gurion was reported today to have withdrawn his opposition to Moshe Sharett as Foreign Minister in the new government he is forming and Mapai Party leaders were said to be exerting considerable pressure on the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to secure his acceptance.

Mr. Sharett resigned the portfolio in a policy disagreement with Mr. Ben-Gurion after the Sinai campaign of 1956. The Premier was reported eager to have him back in the Cabinet in any post except the foreign ministry left vacant by the decision of Mrs. Golda Meir to step down.

Mr. Sharett, however, was understood to be continuing his refusal to accept the foreign ministry, holding that differences of opinion on fundamental policy between him and Mr. Ben-Gurion were so large as to preclude chances of smooth cooperation in the Cabinet,

Should both Mrs. Meir and Mr. Sharett remain adamant in their refusal of the post ant is generally expected that it will go to former Ambassador Abba S. Eban.

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