WASHINGTON (Aug. 30)
The State Department said today that the application for a visa to enter this country submitted by a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization “no longer is valid.” The Department told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the application was filed in connection with a meeting the applicant had wanted to attend but since the filing, the meeting has been held and the opportunity no longer is present.
The Department refused to identify the applicant or even say when he had filed his application. It also refused to identify what meeting was involved. A spokesman told the JTA that information is in the visa file and cannot be made public. Asked if the applicant had withdrawn the request, the Department said, “It is no longer pending.” Last Friday the State Department said that PLO ‘members will be allowed into the country and represent the PLO if they are “not bent on sabotage.”