JERUSALEM (Feb. 14)
Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, expressed the hope today that the current difficulties within the European Economic Community would not cause delay in negotiations for an Israeli link with the six member nations.
Replying to questions at a Foreign Press Correspondents luncheon she said that while the difficulties arising from France’s effort to bar British entry into the Common Market were “of concern to ail,” she did not see how developments in British-French relations could in any way affect Israel’s relations with France.
Mrs. Meir referred only briefly to the latest violent change of regimes in Iraq, describing this as “an internal affair.” She added that in view of the Arab attitude toward Israel, “we are interested in one aspect, namely, whether events in the neighboring countries might affect Israel’s security.”
Discussing the prospects of change in the Middle East situation, Mrs. Meir said she was convinced that if all the great powers of the East and West would act to assure the territorial integrity and independence of each country in the area, a radical change would follow.