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Possibility of Sending U.S. Trade Mission to Israel Discussed in Washington

The possibility of sending an American trade mission to Israel was discussed here today at a conference between Pinhas Sapir, Israel’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Luther Hodges, United States Secretary of Commerce.

Mr. Sapir, accompanied by Israeli Ambassador Avraham Harman and by Arieh Manor, Israel’s Economic Minister here, also discussed with Mr. Hodges the possibilities of increased exports from this country to Israel, and the American Cabinet member showed much interest in such possibilities. He also showed great interest in American participation in Israeli trade fairs.

At the conclusion of the conference, in Mr. Hodges’ office, attended by several other ranking members of the Department of Commerce, Mr. Sapir invited the Secretary of Commerce to visit Israel as soon as possible. Mr. Hodges said he would do so when he got the opportunity.