PARIS (Jan. 6)
Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense Shimon Peres left here for Israel today after a brief stay in France during which he conferred with the French Defense Minister and senior Government officials. It is generally believed here that Mr. Peres concluded an important contract for the supply to Israel of French military equipment and aeronautical material.
Mr. Peres, who was accompanied by Brig. Ezer Weizmann, commander of the Israeli Air Force, visited a number of French military bases and aeronautical plants. He also conferred with Gen. Martin, commander of the French Air Force, and other French Army officers. The Israeli Minister also met with former Premier and Secretary General of the French Socialist party. Guy Mollet.
Mr. Peres told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here prior to his departure that he was “fully satisfied” with his visit, during which he had noticed the “same warm French friendship and understanding for Israel and her needs.” He is due to revisit France early in February, when he will also spend a few days in Britain.