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Italy Opposed to Trade Concessions to Israel on Oranges, Bromine

While all representatives attending the meeting here of the Council of Ministers–key policy-making body of the European Economic Community–favored early conclusion on a trade agreement with Israel in principle, Italy indicated today it was opposed to concessions on oranges and bromine, two of Israel’s major exports to the six nations of the European Common Market.

The Council instructed the Committee of Permanent Representatives to consider favorably a number of suggestions made by the EEC Commission to increase the scope of offers which could be suggested to Israel for the next round of negotiations. In the first two rounds, Israel was offered only minor concessions of trivial export items and rejected them. The Council of Ministers is scheduled to meet again on February 25.