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Israel Seeking New Tariff Agreement with European Common Market

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Two senior officials of the European Common Market left Israel yesterday after a 48-hour visit in which they heard Israel’s position on new tariff proposals to be negotiated with the six Common-Market countries. Israel is seeking a tariff waiver or reduced tariffs on agricultural products exported to the EEC countries.

A new agreement is necessary because of the imminent entry of Britain, Ireland and two Scandinavian nations into the Common Market. Holland suggested that all non-Market Mediterranean states be included in the new agreement. France has proposed that the new terms be worked out with Israel and Spain.

The two EEC officials, Helmut Sigrist and Jean Petit-Laurent, met with Israeli negotiators headed by Avraham Agmon, director-general of the Finance Ministry. They also met with Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir.

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