Eban Honored in New Zealand; Greeted by Prime Minister at Luncheon

Prime Minister Keith Holyoake declared here today at a Parliamentary luncheon for visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban that New Zealand wanted to strengthen its friendly relations with Israel still further in the political and economic spheres.

Mr. Eban was given an ovation from the 90 leaders present, including most of the Cabinet Ministers, leaders of Parliament and church officials. N.E. Kirk, leader of the opposition, brought greetings on behalf of New Zealand labor and praised Israel’s work in the developing nations.

The speeches were broadcast on the national radio network. Mr. Eban also discussed New Zealand-Israeli trade relations with officials and addressed an overflow meeting at the Wellington Town Hall. He then flew to Melbourne in the personal plane of Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt for a visit with the Melbourne Jewish community.

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