3 Soviet Communist Party Officials in Israel to Attend Rakah Confab

Three officials of the Soviet Communist Party arrived here yesterday to attend the congress of the Rakah (Communist) Party. Delegations have also arrived from Rumania, Czechoslovakia and East Germany. Rumania is the only Communist country to have diplomatic relations with Israel.

Alexander Aksenov, second secretary of the Byelorussian Communist Party, told reporters at Ben Gurion Airport that resumption of relations between the USSR and Israel could follow a complete Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories and the recognition of the rights of the Palestinians.

The other members of the Soviet delegation were Nikolai Slepov, former secretary at the Soviet Embassy in Israel before relations were broken during the Six-Day War, and Karen Brutenz, deputy director of the Soviet Communist Party Executive’s international department.

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