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President Johnson Assures Israel of His Support and Friendship

President Johnson has assured Israel of continued United States support and friendship in the letter delivered yesterday to Premier Levi Eshkol by United States Peace Corps director Sargert Shriver.

It was understood that the letter, one of several carried by the Peace Corps director on his current Middle East tour, referred to a number of matters raised in correspondence between the United States Government and the Israeli Government in recent months.

Premier Eshkol and Mr. Shriver discussed plans for closer cooperation between the Peace Corps and Israel’s overseas technical assistance program. It was assumed that the two officials also discussed Israel’s national irrigation projects.

Addressing Jewish youth leaders from 20 countries at a Gadna training base here, the Peace Corps director urged the trainees to interest themselves in the activities of the Peace Corps when they returned home. He said that the activities of the corps were being stepped up in a number of European countries.

Mr. Shriver was tendered a luncheon by Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister. He conferred also with Deputy Premier Abba Eban and visited the Yad Vashem and the Weizmann Institute before departing for Teheran.

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