Golda Meir Confers with Secretary of State Herter on Middle East
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Golda Meir Confers with Secretary of State Herter on Middle East

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Israel’s Foreign Minister Golda Meir today conferred with United States Secretary of State Christian A. Herter on American-Israel relations, as well as on Arab-Israel issues. It is assumed that they also discussed the anti-Israel aspect of the speech delivered yesterday in the United Nations General Assembly by President Nasser of the United Arab Republic. A similar conference was held today by Mrs. Meir with the Earl of Home, Britain’s new Foreign Secretary,

Delegates of a number of Western, Latin American, Asian and African countries today expressed the view that Nasser’s speech at the UN Assembly yesterday, and his series of meetings with top world leaders in New York since his arrival last weekend, has actually resulted in cementing Israeli relations with the West and with ranking leaders of the so-called “neutralist” bloc like India and Ghana,

Rather than reacting favorably to Nasser’s insistence on turning history back to the days prior to the Balfour Declaration in 1917, and nullifying Israel’s very existence leading statesmen were seen today turning toward a more positive hope that, some way, the Arab states must be brought not only to accept Israel as a political reality but muse be persuaded that the time is near when the Arab-Israel armistice agreements should be metamorphosed into peace talks.

Mrs. Meir was greeted very cordially last night by leading Latin American statesmen when she attended cocktail parties to which she–along with Arab representatives–had been invited by the delegations of Guatemala and Paraguay, Last night, both Mrs, Meir and the United Arab Republic’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi, attended a party given by Mr. Nchru, Diplomats remarked with satisfaction on the fact that even on the “social” level of diplomacy, there was no longer any thought of excluding Israel to please hostile Arab delegations.


An appeal to the Arab states and Israel to transform their armistice agreements into peace talks was voiced in the General Assembly today by Uruguay’s President-Elect, Eduardo Victor Haedo, His appeal was seen as an expression of renewed interest in Arab-Israeil peace by many of the Latin American countries and was reportedly backed by Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Jesus Unda-Murillo and by Paraguay’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Don Raul Sapena Pastor. Both are temporarily heading their Assembly delegations.

Speaking of many serious issues that are facing the world at this time, Dr. Haedo told the Assembly: “However complicated or grave the circumstances may be, we cannot overlook such significant developments as the affirmations of heroism and the most happy possibilities for the future of humanity as the creation of the State of Israel, “

The renewal of the “gigantic and tremendous” status of the Afro-Asian world seen here this year, Dr, Haedo continued, leads the world to look at “the problems that still affect the presence here of the representatives of the Israel nation and of the Arab nations. Therefore, we must formulate from this tribune a reiterateion of our profound wish for peace between these two peoples. That peace is demanded not only by the Near East region. It is the universal task of peace which the entire world demands,”


Relations between the United States and Nasser were reported here today as having cooled, following the issuance of a statement last night by the delegation of the United Arab Republic, denying that a report that Nasser had decided to side with the Western Powers against Khrushchev in supporting United Nations Secretary General Dag Ham-marskjold and in opposing Khrushchev’s proposal that the United Nations headquarters should be moved from the United States to another country.

The arrived in New York today of King Hussein of Jordan, as head of the delegation of his country to the United Nations Assembly, has provoked great interest among all delegations, in view of the fact that it is known that King Hussein considers Nasser his mortal enemy. King Hussein is scheduled to speak at the Assembly next Monday, and it is anticipated that he will blast Nasser as a plotter responsible for bloodshed and unrest in the Middle East,

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