Hammarskjold Leaves Israel After Two-hour Meeting with Ben Gurion
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Hammarskjold Leaves Israel After Two-hour Meeting with Ben Gurion

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United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold left Israel for Bagdad today, following last night’s two-hour meeting with Premier David Ben Gurion.

An Israeli statement said that the two statesmen, and for part of the time their aides. had discussed Middle East developments in a general way. It was also believed that they touched upon Israel-Arab armistice relations, particularly Israel’s request that Jordan implement all aspects of the armistice agreement and that Egypt make public her view on belligerency toward the Jewish State.

For the first hour, the two men conferred alone. Later they were joined by their advisers, including Maj. Gen. Carl C. von Horn, UN truce chief, and Dr. Walter Eytan, director general of the Israel Foreign Ministry. Mrs. Golda Meir, Foreign Minister, was not present.

It is understood that the major portion of the two-hour talk was devoted to the Secretary General’s impressions of his meetings with Arab statesmen in Beirut, Amman and Cairo. He is believed to have outlined his idea for the stationing of a UN representative in Jordan to oversee the ending of radio and propaganda attacks on Jordan from the surrounding Arab states. It is reported he did not dwell on Arab views on the withdrawal of American and British troops from the Middle East.

In advance of Mr. Hammarskjold’s visit, Israeli sources indicated that Israel would not only expect to be “filled in” on the course of developments among the Arab states, but would expect its own views on this and related developments to be sought and heeded.

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