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Britain Advises Arab States to Observe Restraint in Reaction to El Aksa Fire

Iraq’s Ambassador to Britain was invited to the Foreign Office today. He met with Minister of State Goronwy Roberts who reportedly asked him to convey to his government Britain’s counsel of “caution and patience” to avert a new explosion in the Middle East.

Mr. Roberts, who is standing in for vacationing Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart, conferred on the same subject yesterday with Israeli Ambassador Aharon Remez and, separately, with the ambassadors of Lebanon and Jordan. His talks with the Iraqi envoy were reported to have been limited to the situation created by the El Aksa mosque fire in Jerusalem last week. No reference was made to Monday’s executions in Baghdad of 15 Iraqis charged with spying for Israel and the United States.