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President Johnson Invites Israel Premier to Come to Washington

President Johnson has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol to visit him in Washington, it was revealed here today. Mr. Eshkol reported on the Johnson invitation to the Cabinet meeting yesterday. It was assumed that the Israeli leader will accept the invitation, but that the date will be fixed in the next few weeks.

The Johnson invitation, it was revealed, was contained in the letter from the U.S. President presented to Mr. Eshkol last week by Sargent Shriver, director of the United States Peace Corps. The letter did not touch on any specific political or security matters. Mr. Eshkol’s reply to Mr. Johnson, it was said, would be couched in general terms.

It was understood here that a similar invitation to visit Washington was sent by President Johnson to Jordan’s King Hussein, through Mr. Shriver.