UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Dec. 21)
Ambassador Joseph Tekoah, a member of Israel’s delegation to this year’s General Assembly, was given to understand yesterday by the Soviet Union’s highest-ranking diplomat in Washington that the USSR is interested in tranquility along the Israeli-Arab borders.
Mr. Tekoah met with Soviet Minister Zinthuck, charge d’affaires of the Soviet Embassy during the temporary absence of Ambassador Dobrynin. He said he had requested the conference for continuance of Israeli-Soviet discussions of problems of mutual interest. Some of those discussions had been held here in the last three months during the 21st session of the General Assembly. The Israeli and Soviet diplomats talked in the Soviet Embassy, and had luncheon together.
Ambassador Tekoah, whose regular function is that of deputy-director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, expects to return to Jerusalem tomorrow. During his day in Washington, Mr. Tekoah reported, he also conferred with Foy D. Kohler, Deputy Under Secretary of State. They discussed matters of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. At this conference, he was accompanied by Ephraim Evron, Minister in Israel’s Embassy in Washington.