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Reports That Eshkol Plans to Visit Moscow Are Denied in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s office denied categorically here today reports in the foreign press claiming that Mr. Eshkol is contemplating a trip to the Soviet Union to meet with Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev.

The reports, as received here, stated that Mr. Eshkol would like to follow his trips, made this summer, to Washington and Paris, where he had met with President Johnson and President de Gaulle, with a similar summit visit to Moscow. According to the reports, Yosef Tekoah, Israel Ambassador to the USSR, was carrying on conversations with the Soviet Foreign Ministry in Moscow with a view to have Mr. Khrushchev extend an official invitation to Premier Eshkol.

Mr. Eshkol’s office said today those reports are “incorrect.” It was pointed out that, in an address before the Israel Parliament last week, Mr. Eshkol said, among other things, that he would welcome an invitation to meet Mr. Khrushchev.

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