President Shazar to Meet with Johnson on Private Visit to U.S.

Authoritative sources at the Foreign Ministry here said today that President Zalman Shazar is expected to meet with United States President Johnson at the White House next month during a private visit to Washington.

Mr. Shazar notified the Israeli Cabinet today that, on his way back to Israel from a trip to South America — which will take him on official state visits to four Latin American countries — he will pay a “private visit” to the United States. The Cabinet decided that, during Mr. Shazar’s absence, Kadish Luz, speaker of the Knesset (Parliament), will be the Acting President.

The itinerary for the tour, to be taken by President Shazar and a party of seven, including Mrs. Shazar is as follows: Uruguay, June 22-27; Chile, June 27-July 4; Argentina, July 4-12; Brazil, July 18-27. The President and Mrs. Shazar will rest for a few days in Uruguay between their visits to Argentina and Brazil. After visiting the United States, they are scheduled to return to Israel early in August.

In connection with the Cabinet’s discussion of the details of the President’s travel plans, Foreign Minister Abba Eban reported to the Government about Israel’s relations with the governments of South America. He proposed that cooperation between Israel and Latin America be expanded by increasing the exchanges of experts and trainees between. Israel and the various countries in South America.

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