Mrs. Meir Seeks Release of Israeli Pows in Egypt Syria

Premier Golda Meir asked European leaders she met last week to use their good offices to obtain the release of 13 Israeli prisoners of war held in Egypt and Syria. Mrs. Meir disclosed that she made the request during the meeting of the Socialist international in Paris Jan. 13-14 and in her subsequent meeting with Italian Premier Giulio Andreotti in Rome. She said she made it clear that Israel was prepared to return its 65 Egyptian and Syrian POWs for the 13 Israelis.

The Premier spoke at ceremonies marking the publication of a book by Yair Dori, a paratrooper who was severely wounded during the Six-Day War and spent 9 months in an Egyptian prison. The book is an account of his prison experiences. Mrs. Meir said Israel would agree to any arrangement to obtain release of the Israeli POWs, even one calling for the prior release of the Arab prisoners.

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