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Sisco Says U.S. Using Diplomatic Channels to Aid Jews in Syria

Joseph J. Sisco, the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, promised yesterday that the US government will do everything possible through diplomatic channels to alleviate the plight of Jews in Syria. Sisco spoke to members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at a meeting in the State Department.

He declined to comment on last week’s proposal by King Hussein of Jordan to create an Arab federation of the east and west banks of the Jordan River, indicating that the US was not prepared to comment at this time. Sisco also discussed the problems of Soviet Jewry and referred to the Nixon administration’s support of proposals to provide funds to Israel to assist that country in absorbing Jewish refugees from the USSR.