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3rd Round of Talks Slated Between Israel and European Common Market Countries

The second negotiating sessions between the European Common Market countries and Israel ended here Friday with both sides expressing satisfaction with their accomplishments to date. The delegations will meet for a third round of talks here during the third week of January.

Israel is negotiating with the ECC for a preferential trade agreement, generally considered to be a first step toward some form of association with the Common Market. Both sides have agreed to concessions, principally tariff reductions. The Israeli delegation expressed satisfaction over the elimination of a substantial number of items from the “excluded list,” meaning exempt from tariff reductions. It was understood that further concessions on the part of the EEC would be matched by appropriate concessions by Israel.