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Pompidou, Brandt Discuss Mideast; Bonn Does Not ‘totally’ Share France’s Views

The Middle East situation was discussed here by Chancellor Willy Brandt and visiting President Georges Pompidou, of France. A Bonn spokesman said today that the West German Government did not “totally” share the French Government’s views on the Mideast. According to diplomatic observers here, this meant that Chancellor Brandt supports French Mideast policy in principle but disagrees on certain minor points. French policy is based on the premise that a peaceful solution is possible only if the Four Powers reach agreement on a solution among themselves. M. Pompidou, is reported to have told the West German Chancellor. “We must be careful that the Mideast is not isolated from Europe by rivalry between Communist China and the Soviet Union.” In Paris last week President Pompidou angrily denied suggestions that his Government might be considering easing its arms embargo against Israel. In what some observers thought was his harshest statement toward Israel since he took office a year ago, President Pompidou warned that time was against the Jewish State and therefore Israel needed peace more urgently than anyone else in the Mideast.

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