Late News

Official circles were tight-lipped tonight over Premier Golda Meir’s trip to Washington tomorrow for a meeting with President Nixon. Sources indicated, however, that Mrs. Meir will raise immediate issues of the cease-fire–such as the POWs, the Bab el Mandab blockade and the Egyptian Third Army–rather than long-term questions. But if Nixon insists on raising long-term settlement issues, she will repeat Israel’s position that it will not return to the pre-June, 1967 borders, the sources said.

Officials here insist that nothing critical occurred in the Israeli-U.S. dialogue to prompt Mrs. Meir’s surprise trip to Washington. They say her meeting with Nixon is occasioned by minor pressures on the cease-fire related issues. Sources conceded that the domestic difficulties faced by the Meir government over the cease-fire and the absence of a POW exchange may have played a part in her decision to go to Washington.

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