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American President Lines Restores Call of Its Ship at Haifa Port

January 20, 1966
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The American President Lines has now completed all the necessary arrangements to have the luxury liner S. S. President Roosevelt call, as originally planned, at Haifa, and at the Egyptian ports of Suez, Port Said and Alexandria on its first round-the-world cruise, it was announced here today by George Killion, president of American President Lines.

The inclusion of Haifa is the culmination of long efforts by the company and the helpful cooperation of the governments of all countries involved, Killion said. He added that American President Lines had been led to believe that there would be difficulties in carrying out this cruise if the itinerary included both Arab and Israeli ports. However, he stated that, at no time, had Egypt declined to permit the vessel to pass the Suez Canal.

The uncertainties concerning the itinerary of the President Roosevelt arose from a misinterpretation as to the status of the vessel as a “cruise” ship, he said. These uncertainties have now all been resolved through the cooperation of Egypt, of other Arab governments and of other organizations concerned, thus permitting the carrying out of the original plan to have the vessel call at both Arab and Israeli ports, Mr. Killion stated. The President Roosevelt will sail tomorrow with some 275 passengers.

(The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith today withdrew its complaint to the Secretary of Commerce against the American President Lines, when the company announced it had restored its call at the port of Haifa, on the round-the-world cruise of the line S. S. President Roosevelt. The ADL declared that the American President Lines had cooperated fully in clearing up the problem.)

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