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Israel Fails to Persuade Ceylon; Diplomatic Accreditation Canceled

Israel has failed to persuade Ceylon to change its decision to cancel the accreditation of Ceylon’s non-resident Minister in Israel and that decision stands, it was reported today.

Mrs. Bandaranaike, Ceylon’s Premier, said recently she planned to reconsider the accreditation in an effort to improve Ceylonese relations with the Arab states. Daniel Levin, who is both Ambassador to Japan and Minister to Ceylon for Israel, flew from Tokyo to Colombo for a meeting this week with Mrs. Bandaranaike.

The Premier, while reiterating to the Israeli envoy Ceylon’s desire for continued friendly relations with Israel, declined to change her position on the accreditation decision. Consequently, when the present Ceylonese envoy to Italy, who has been accredited as Minister to Israel, returns to Ceylon, the new Ceylonese envoy to Italy will not be accredited to Israel.