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Bonn Makes It Official: Chancellor Brandt Will Visit Israel in June

The government announced officially today that Chancellor Willy Brandt would visit Israel from June 7-10. The visit was announced simultaneously in Jerusalem. Government spokesman Ruediger Von Wechman told a news conference that no itinerary or agenda has been established yet. He said the visit should be viewed in the context of Bonn’s “balanced Middle East policy.”

The Chancellor will be accompanied by his wife on his visit to Israel. Brandt was invited by Premier Golda Meir last year. He last visited Israel in 1960 when he was the Mayor of West Berlin. The Foreign Ministry announced today that Foreign Minister Walter Scheel will visit Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon from May 18-24. Scheel visited Israel last summer.