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Eban Confers with Michael Stewart on Mideast, Anglo-israeli Relations, Chieftains

Foreign Minister Abba Eban met with British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart here yesterday in what was officially described as a general discussion encompassing the whole range of Middle East problems and Anglo-Israeli relations. According to authoritative sources, Israel’s request for Chieftain tanks was discussed but was not the main agenda item. Other matters taken up reportedly included Britain’s vote for the Security Council’s El Aksa mosque fire resolution which implicitly blamed Israel and which urged Israel to rescind legislation affecting Jerusalem.

Mr. Eban told newsmen of his audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican yesterday and disclosed that he had asked the Pontiff to intervene on humanitarian grounds to help secure the release of two Israeli nationals held captive in Syria since their TWA airliner was hijacked to Damascus Aug. 29.