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Ben-gurion Meets with Chancellor Kiesinger; Talks with Johnson

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s former Premier met for 45 minutes today with West German Chancellor Kurt Kiesenger for a talk “in a very friendly atmosphere.” The Chancellor expressed his special thanks to Mr. Ben-Gurion for his coming to West Germany to attend the funeral yesterday of former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. The Chancellor assured Mr. Ben-Gurion that he would continue the work of Dr. Adenauer.

Other than President Johnson, Mr. Ben-Gurion was the only foreign leader to be received by the Chancellor in a visit which was widely covered by West Germany’s press and television. The former Premier told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that during West German President Heinrich Luebke’s reception for foreign dignitaries, he had talked with President Johnson, President de Gaulle of France and former British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan.

While Mr. Ben-Gurion was meeting with Chancellor Kiesinger, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, attended a reception in Bonn for visiting foreign Ministers called by West German Foreign Minister Willy Brandt. Mr. Eban and Mr. Brandt discussed matters of mutual concern.

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