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Slim Loses Ground for Post of U.N. Head Because of Snub to Golda Meir

October 3, 1961
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The chances for the Tunisian delegate, Mongi Slim, president of the current session of the United Nations General Assembly, to succeed the late Dag Hammarskjold as UN Secretary General today continued to become weaker because of his snubbing Israel’s Foreign Minister Mrs. Golda Meir at President Kennedy’s reception last week.

More and more delegates from various countries today disqualified Mr. Slim from the neutral position which the executive head of the United Nations must maintain. The consensus among most of the delegations today was that the representative of Tunisia was out of the running for Mr. Hammarskjold’s post.

Mrs. Meir today continued her contacts with other foreign ministers attending the current session. Today, she met with Ato K. Yifrum, acting Foreign Minister of Ethiopia. Over the weekend, she conferred with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Yadollah Azodi.

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