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Israel Signs Nuclear Test Ban Treaty at Ceremonies in Washington

An Israeli delegation led by Charge d’Affaires Mordechai Gazit today formally adhered to the Anglo-American Soviet nuclear test-ban treaty at a State Department ceremony.

Affixing the formal signature of Israel here at ceremonies similar to others held today in London and Moscow, Mr. Gazit said that it was Israel’s hope that the treaty would lead to an improvement in the international atmosphere, and serve as a positive step toward relaxation of tensions. He said he hoped it would be followed by further measures for attainment of complete general disarmament. He voiced Israel’s belief that lessening of tension between the Big Powers would have a salutary effect on the Middle East region.

Phillips Talbot, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, said he was pleased with Israel’s adherence to the treaty, and pointed out that the desire for peace constituted a common bond between Israel and the United States.

Clement Conger, special assistant to the director of the U. S. Disarmament Agency, also participated, along with two other Israeli officials–Uri Raanan, Counsellor for Information, and Shaul Bar-Haim, Counsellor at the Embassy.

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