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Ex-premier of Canada Arrives in Israel As Guest of Government

John G. Diefenbaker, former Prime Minister of Canada, arrived here today for an eight-day visit as a guest of the Government, after visiting Egypt. Mr. Diefenbaker told newsmen that, while in Cairo, he had a talk with Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser but, he declared, the conference did not touch either on Egyptian relations with Israel or on other Middle Eastern problems.

High Israeli officials of the Foreign Ministry, as well as ranking military officers, met Mr. Diefenbaker upon his arrival. He left immediately for Jerusalem where he is scheduled to confer tomorrow with Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Foreign Minister Golda Meir.

Meanwhile, the country is still host to Nepal’s King Mehandra. Today, the King and his Queen were official guests of the city of Beersheba. Last night, they visited former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion at his kibbutz retreat at Sde Boker. The King invited Mr. Ben-Gurion to visit Nepal, to which the retired Israeli statesman replied that he would like to reach Nepal “via China.” Communist China borders the Kingdom of Nepal.

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