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Sir Alfred Mond Leaves Bagdad by Aeroplane, Returns to Jerusalem

February 16, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Sir Alfred Mond beft the capital of Iraq today in an atmosphere of absolute calm. No sign of a renewal of the hostile anti-Zionist demonstration on the day of his arrival was seen.

Sir Alfred and his party left the city by aeroplance for Jerusalem.

King Feisul, it was learned, expressed his regrets for the hostile reception accorded the distinguished visitor on his first trip to Iraq.

In an interview with press representatives Sir Alfred made light of the hostile reception and declared that his visit had no political significance. He came to Bagdad only because of his desire to visit Babylon after he had visited Palestine and also to see Iraq’s economic possibilities in which he is interested.

When asked concerning the projected oil pipe line from Mosul to the Mediterranean coast, the visitor declared that it was first necessary to prove the existence of sufficient oil to justify the heavy cost of constructing the pipe line.

Before his departure Sir Alfred, accompanied by King Feisul, visited an estate near Bagdad which formerly belonged to the Turkish Sultan and which was recently acquired by a British company in which Sir Alfred is one of the large shareholders. The estate is watered by a special canal from the Emphrates.

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