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Pompidou Will Preside at Ministerial Session on Friday to Re-examine Embargo Issue

President Georges Pompidou will preside at a special session of a ministerial committee on foreign affairs Friday to re-examine the political and economic consequences of France’s embargo on military equipment and spare parts to Israel, it was announced today. M. Pompidou is also scheduled to hold his first Presidential press conference on the same day. He is expected to indicate then what France’s future Middle East policy will be.

The ministerial committee meeting will be attended among others by Premier Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann and Defense Minister Michel Debre. Israel’s Ambassador to France, Walter Eytan, is scheduled to meet with M. Schumann on the eve of the committee meeting. It will be the first high level Franco-Israeli diplomatic contact since the June, 1967 Arab-Israeli war.