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Royal Visit to Egypt No Slight to Israel, Foreign Office Says

A Foreign Office spokesman said today that Britain’s bid for closer ties with Egypt and other Arab states was not at the expense of friendship with Israel. The spokesman referred to yesterday’s announcement that Princess Margaret will visit Egypt next Nov. 5-9–a trip she will be making at the Foreign Office’s behest.

Israel, the spokesman said, “need not assume that this gesture, and close relations with Arab countries in general, are at the expense of Anglo-Israel friendship.” He said it was British policy to maintain friendly ties with both sides in the Mideast conflict and to work for reconciliation.