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Report Israel Assured Rogers Will Press for ‘rectification’ in Talks with Gromyko

Israel has been assured that Secretary of State William P. Rogers will press for “rectification” of Egyptian cease-fire violations in the Suez Canal zone when he confers with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko at the United Nations this week, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today. According to reliable sources, Israel was informed that Mr. Rogers regards this as his main diplomatic task at the present juncture. The sources said it was not clear whether the U.S. idea of what would constitute rectification is identical with Israel’s but it is assumed that the demands of the two nations will overlap to a very large extent. Israel has publicly demanded the removal of all Soviet missiles allegedly installed in the standstill cease-fire zone after the truce went into effect on Aug. 7 and the dismantling of missile bases constructed after that date. There have been reports that Washington would be satisfied with a partial withdrawal as a token of Egyptian-Soviet good faith. The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced today that all matters concerning Israel’s relations with the Arab world have been consolidated under the authority of the Ministry’s deputy director general, Mordecai Gazit. Mr. Gazit is also in over-all charge of relations with North America.

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