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Eban Confers with Jarring, Reiterates Israel’s Position on Middle East Peace

Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban conferred with United Nations special envoy to the Middle East, Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring, here yesterday at Dr. Jarring’s request. The UN envoy, vacationing in Sweden, flew in from Stockholm for the meeting. Mr. Eban is here attending a conference of Israeli ambassadors to European capitals. An Israel Embassy source said today that the conversations consisted of a review of the Middle Eastern situation since the last Eban-Jarring meeting May 12. He said no new proposals were conveyed to Mr. Eban. Dr. Jarring is using his vacation to renew contacts with Middle Eastern governments on high levels. He was visited in Stockholm a week ago by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad.

According to the Embassy spokesman, Mr. Eban repeated Israel’s readiness to cooperate with Dr. Jarring to promote peace. Mr. Eban again stated Israel’s view on the need for a formal and definite peace agreement with its Arab neighbors within secure and mutually recognized boundaries, an end to all forms of belligerence and explicit, unequivocal acknowledgement of the sovereignty, independence and integrity of all states. Mr. Eban also reiterated his Government’s willingness to meet, under Dr. Jarring’s chairmanship, with Egypt and Jordan to formulate and sign agreements on all matters involved in the concluding of a permanent peace, the spokesman said. Mr. Eban asked Dr. Jarring to convey to the Arab governments Israel’s continuing readiness to hold such meetings with each Arab state at an early date.

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