Israel to Launch Diplomatic Campaign to Gain Status in Euromart

Officials here reported today that Israel will soon launch a wide scale diplomatic campaign for associate member status in the European Common Market.

Israel’s present relations with Euromart are based on a trade agreement which will expire in a few months. The agreement fell far short of Israel’s hopes when negotiations began two years ago, covering only a few of Israel’s many exports to the six Euromart countries.

Israeli officials have always been convinced that associate member status is the only solution to the problems its exports to Euromart have faced. Next week, Israel will send diplomatic notes to the six member states urging consideration of associate membership.

Before Foreign Minister Abba Eban leaves for New York to head the Israeli delegation to the United Nations General Assembly opening September 20, he will meet with the six Ambassadors of the Euromart nations in Israel. The possibility was indicated that Premier Levi Eshkol may visit a number of European capitals to press Israel’s request at the highest levels.

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