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Kosygin’s Pledge on Jewish Emigration Gets Favorable Reception

Israel gave a favorable reception today to a statement made in Paris by Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin yesterday, declaring he had no objections to the emigration of Jews from the U.S.S.R. for purposes of family reunification.

However, it was noted here that the Kosygin statement must be taken cautiously, pending practical implementation of the presumed pledge. Observers pointed out that unofficial promises of that kind have been made previously in the Soviet Union but, so far, only a trickle of Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union has been permitted.