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Sen. Symington Confers with Israel Defense Chiefs; Meets Ben-gurion

United States Senator Stuart Symington, former Secretary for Air. spent a week-end here studying Israel’s security situation. The Missouri senator had a long meeting with Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres, at which several Middle East problems were discussed, and also conferred at length with Brigadier General Chaim Laskov, the Israel Chief of Staff. Ambassador Ogden R. Reid and Defense Ministry officials attended his meeting with Mr. Peres.

The senator was the first visitor received by Premier David Ben-Gurion following his recent illness. The two met in Jerusalem for an hour’s talk. Mr. Symington was also given a luncheon by Foreign Minister Golda Meir. Later, he crossed the Jordan border for a short visit to Bethlehem.