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Israeli Minister Visits Bucharest; Rumania’s Acting Foreign Minister Comes to Israel

Rumanian and Israeli Cabinet ministers are exchanging visits. Israel’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Zeev Sharef left here today for Rumania at the head of a commercial delegation. Rumania’s acting foreign minister, George Macovescu, has arrived here for meetings with Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, Foreign Minister Abba Eban and other officials.

Mr. Sharef’s delegation will evaluate the progress of a trade agreement concluded between Israel and Rumania six months ago and draw up plans with their Rumanian counterparts for further development and expansion of trade. Mr. Macovescu arrived here following a visit to Cairo where he met with President Nasser and Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Riad.

He visited Cairo to see whether a peace settlement is possible and concluded that Egypt’s unwillingness to discuss the issues directly with Israel is the main stumbling block to peace, sources said. It was believed that Rumania might have offered to mediate if chances were good for a resolution of the deadlock.

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