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Israel Grants Entry Visas to Soviet Delegation to Attend Convention of New Communists

Israel has granted entry visas to a three-man Soviet delegation to attend the convention of Israel’s New Communist Party here, the Foreign Ministry disclosed today. The delegation applied for the visas at The Netherlands Embassy in Moscow which has been handling Israeli affairs since the USSR broke diplomatic relations after the June, 1967 war. Ministry officials said there was no policy against granting visas to visitors from Eastern European countries which have broken diplomatic relations with Israel. It was noted here however that a Soviet journalist who had published bitter attacks on Israel in the Soviet press was refused a visa several months ago.