W. Germany Concerned About Mideast

West Germany and its European partners continue to be seriously concerned about the existence of tension in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Walter Scheel said here yesterday. Scheel said his forthcoming talks in Cairo (May 20-22), Amman (May 22-24), and Beirut (May 24-25) would help Germany understand better the Arab point of view.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt also wants to hear of his and Chancellor Willy Brandt’s recent conversations with President Nixon and Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev. Scheel said that the same applied to Brandt’s talks in Israel. These, too, would help towards better understanding, he stated.

Scheel said he was convinced of the possibility of ending the Middle East conflict. All parties are interested in spending money on economic development, not armaments, he said. Europe could help to promote a solution, but not bring about one, according to School. He said this was a matter for the two sides concerned. He promised economic aid from Bonn when a settlement is finally reached.

The Israeli Cabinet decided unanimously today to place the summer visitors scheme for Arabs from neighboring countries on a year-round basis. The proposal was made by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and Interior Minister Yosef Burg. Cabinet Secretary Michael Arnon said the same regulations that prevail for Arabs visiting relatives in the administered areas during the summer would be applied to those visiting at other times.

NEXT STORY