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India’s Prime Minister Says She Will Not Establish Ties with Israel

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi indicated today that India does not intend to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in retaliation for the rebuff it received when its efforts to participate in the recent Moslem summit conference at Rabat, Morocco were blocked.

Addressing the Bombay Union of Journalists, Mrs. Gandhi said “it would not help ease tension if we take any new step.” She said there was no question of changing India’s basic policies because of a rebuff suffered in one instance. The Prime Minister said that her Government had recognized Israel but had not established diplomatic relations with it because of the “very delicate situation” in the Middle East.

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