Cabinet Continuing ‘quiet Diplomacy’; Lebanese Note Received

The Israeli Government continued its policy of “quiet diplomacy” today. The Cabinet, at its weekly meeting, discussed the latest developments in the Jarring talks. Foreign Minister Abba Eban reported on the subject but no details were made public. Eban and Premier Golda Meir were reported to have completed Israel’s formal reply to Jordan’s latest note. It is expected to go to Dr. Jarring tomorrow or Tuesday for transmission to Amman. Lebanon’s reply to Israel’s proposals was handed to Jarring in New York over the week-end, sources here said today, and it has already been conveyed to the Israeli Government. The contents of the Lebanese note were not disclosed. Israel had reportedly offered to conclude a permanent peace agreement with Lebanon immediately, based on the present boundaries between the two countries with no claims or counter claims.

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