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President Shazar, in Ottawa, Asks Canada to Help Restore Stability in Middle East

President Zalman Shazar, of Israel, was reported to have told Prime Minister Lester Pearson of Canada today that Israel expected Canada to take the lead with other countries to manifest support for the security of Israel.

Mr. Shazar, on a state visit to Canada to dedicate the Israel pavilion at Expo ’67, received Mr. Pearson at Government House this morning. He thanked Mr. Pearson for the statement he had made last night when the Prime Minister welcomed the Israeli President and his party to Ottawa and declared firmly that “Israel has the will to live. She also has the right to live as other states have, in security and peace.”

Mr. Shazar pointed out that action was necessary to make it clear to the Arabs that the nations concerned over peace and security in the Middle East were equally committed to the security of Israel and would reject any violation of the 1957 settlements with which Mr. Pearson was closely associated. Later, the President made it clear that he expected Canada and Mr. Pearson to take a lead in seeking to restore stability to the Middle East.

Following his meeting with Mr. Pearson, President Shazar had a conference with Mitchell Sharp, Canadian Minister of Finance, during which they reviewed the bilateral economic ties. Mr. Shazar visited the City Hall where he was greeted by the Mayor of Ottawa and paid a farewell visit to Governor General Roland Michener with whom he exchanged gifts. He attended a ceremony at the Jewish Community Center, where special prayers were said for Israel, and then was Mr. Pearson’s guest at the Ottawa Country Club, at an official luncheon, before departing for Montreal.

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