Eban to See Johnson Today; Will Discuss Phantom Negotiations with Rusk

President Lyndon B. Johnson will hold a “normal consultation” tomorrow morning with Foreign Minister Abba S. Eban of Israel. The meeting will not be directly linked with the possible sale of Phantom jet aircraft to Israel, White House spokesman George Christian said. Mr. Eban, accompanied by Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin, will also see Secretary of State Dean Rusk tomorrow afternoon. Informed sources said this meeting will touch on the Phantom issue and probably develop into “a discussion of what subsequent discussions will involve.”

Mr. Christian said that the State Department had not yet reported back to the President on the negotiations mentioned in the White House announcement of two weeks ago. He referred further inquiries to the Department. The President’s schedule indicated that after meeting with Mr. Eban the President would hold his weekly luncheon on foreign policy and military matters. Participating would be Secretary of State Rusk who would thus see the President prior to the Secretary’s meeting with Mr. Eban. While the White House luncheon is in progress, lunch will be served at the State Department by Eugene V. Rostow, Under-Secretary of State, for Mr. Eban. Mr. Eban will be accompanied to the White House and to the State Department by Ambassador Rabin and Shlomo Argov, Minister of the Embassy.

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