France Agrees with Israel on Asking Moscow to Join Tripartite Move
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France Agrees with Israel on Asking Moscow to Join Tripartite Move

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France and Israel are reportedly in agreement on plans to ask the Soviet Union to join the 1950 Tripartite Declaration, guaranteeing the territorial integrity of all states in the Middle East, it was revealed here today.

The disclosure came unofficially after Israel’s Ambassador here, Walter Eytan, held a 40-minute conference this morning with French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville. Israeli circles here, who said the talk was “important” and its results “satisfactory,” refused formally to reveal the nature of the subjects discussed. But well-informed sources indicated that Mr. Eytan and M. Couve de Murville talked principally of two matters, one of them concerning the visit to be paid to Moscow later this month by President Charles de Gaulle.

Mr. Eytan reportedly informed France of Israel’s interest in the transformation of the 1950 Declaration — which had been issued by France, Britain and the United States –into a four-power attitude including the USSR. The Israeli Ambassador and the French Foreign Minister were said to have found themselves viewing that problem in identical fashion, indicating that Gen. de Gaulle may discuss that issue with the Kremlin’s leaders when he visits Moscow.

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