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King of Burundi Arrives in Israel; First Monarch to Visit Country

The first monarch to visit Israel, King Mwambusta IV of Burundi, was greeted last night by Mayor Mordecai Ish-Shalom of Jerusalem with the traditional Jewish bread and salt on a silver plate.

President Ben-Zvi accompanied the King from Lydda Airport to the flag-decked capital whose streets were lined with onlookers who greeted the visitor. Municipal children’s bands struck up a fanfare as the Burundi motorcade drew up.

The King met with President Ben-Zvi today and will receive a call from Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The President is giving a state banquet for the king tonight. The monarch, who is accompanied by a ten-member entourage will stay in Tel Aviv tomorrow and Saturday.