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Golda Meir Reports to Cabinet on Her Talk with U.S. State Secretary

Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, reported to the Cabinet yesterday about her conversation with United States Secretary of State Dean Russ, whom she met during her recent visit to New York to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations, it was disclosed here today. It was understood that the primary subject she discussed with Mr. Rusk concerned bilateral relations between Israel and the United States.

In her report, Mrs. Meir also told the Cabinet about her conversations with about 50 other Foreign Ministers as well as about topics of specific interest to Israel among the items on the agenda of the current General Assembly. At the same time, she discussed the implications of the visit paid last week to France by Marshal Abdel Hakim Amer, vice-president of Egypt. The special treatment accorded to Marshal Amer by France, and French efforts to re-establish closer ties with Egypt, do not concern Israel, she told the Cabinet.

Increased efforts to expand the cultural and economic ties between Israel and France were pledged here today by the new Ambassador from Paris, Bertrand dela Sablier. The envoy, who served as Consul-General for France here 10 years ago, presented his letters of credence today to President Zalman Shazar.

At the same time it was announced here by the Foreign Ministry that Israel’s cultural representation in the United States is being expanded with the appointment of cultural attaches in three new cities outside Washington. Beno Zur, former head of the Israel Army Radio Network, has been named cultural attache in Philadelphia; Naami Hockstein, a sociologist, was named cultural attache in Los Angeles; and Aviv Akroni was named cultural attache in Chicago.

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