Nixon, Pompidou to Discuss Mideast

The Presidents of France and the United States are scheduled to discuss the Middle East crisis when they meet Dec. 13-14 in the Azores, according to French political sources. They told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that the Arab-Israeli issue will be high on the list of international matters which President Richard M. Nixon and President Georges Pompidou will review at their forthcoming meeting.

These sources said that the need to examine this problem has been agreed upon by American and French diplomats during their preceeding contacts. It is generally believed here that Pompidou will press once again for entrusting the entire issue to the Big Four powers and will ask for the resumption of their concentration at a high level.

The French say that their contacts in Washington now agree that the resumption of the Four Power concentration is necessary in view of the failure of diplomatic methods such as those undertaken by US Secretary of State William P. Rogers and US Assistant Secretary of State Joseph J. Sisco. A number of French Middle East experts are expected to be included in the French official party which will be headed by Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann.

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