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Mrs. Meir to Meet with Pope

The government announced today that Premier Golda Meir will go to Rome tomorrow for a meeting with Pope Paul VI. Mrs. Meir has been in Paris since Friday attending the conference of the Socialist International. She will be the second Israeli leader to meet the Pope. According to the announcement she will also meet with President Giovanni Leoni of Italy and Premier Giulio Andriotti.

The announcement of the visit came as a surprise here. Mrs. Meir had been expected to return directly to Jerusalem from Paris today or tomorrow. Her meeting with Pope Paul was arranged by Israel’s Ambassador to Italy Amiel Najar. Mrs. Meir’s political advisor and ambassador-designate to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, has gone to Rome to work out the details of her visit, it was learned today. There was no hint of the subjects that Premier Meir might discuss with the head of the Roman Catholic Church. (See separate story Page 3)

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