WASHINGTON (Dec. 12)
Israel Foreign Minister Abba Eban today met with a number of high-level White House and State Department officials in a series of talks aimed at explaining the Israeli view on the situation in the Middle East. Mr. Eban is believed to have sought to explain the security problems confronting Israel and to develop better understanding among Washington policy-makers of the Israeli position.
The Foreign Minister met first with Joseph Sisco, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. He held a general discussion with special emphasis on the failure of the United Nations to follow a balanced and equitable stand on the Arab-Israel border friction. It is thought that he detailed the chain of events that necessitated the Israel action of last month against Jordan.
Mr. Eban also met with Nicholas Katzenbach, acting Secretary of State, for a general review of current issues of mutual interest. The Israeli Foreign Minister briefed Mr. Katzenbach, a relatively new appointee to the State Department, on Israel’s thinking on key matters.
Mr. Eban had lunch with Robert Komer, an aide to President Johnson with special responsibility including the area of the Middle East. The Foreign Minister met at the executive office of the President with Walt W. Rostow, special assistant to Mr. Johnson on international security affairs.