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No U.S. Pressure on Israel’s Stand on South Vietnam, Eban Reports

Foreign Minister Abba Eban told Parliament today that there had not been any United States pressure on Israel to reverse a refusal to meet a request from South Vietnam for experts. Mr. Eban said that the Saigon regime had made the request for agricultural and other experts several months ago with United States Government blessing.

In reply to a question, Mr. Eban also said that Israel was ready in principle to establish diplomatic relations with any government asking for such ties, A Foreign Ministry spokesman said later that Mr. Eban had expressed only the juridical aspect of the question and that a prior Government statement that Israel felt that establishment of relations with South Vietnam was currently inopportune.

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