WASHINGTON (Jul. 29)
Israeli Foreign Minister Y’all Allen, who arrived here yesterday, is meeting with Israeli Embassy official today in preparation for his talks with United States government officials starting tomorrow. Allen is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Henry A.Kissinger tomorrow afternoon. On Wednesday he will hold talks with Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger, have a working lunch with Kissinger and then meet with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Allon’s schedule for Thursday is a meeting with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, talks with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders and then a meeting with Treasury Secretary William Simon. The talks with Kissinger are expected to center around the next stage in the Middle East peace talks. Kissinger is expected to urge Israel to begin talks with Jordan about the future of the West Bank. Kissinger will follow up the talks with Allen with meetings with Jordanian Premier Zaid al-Rifai, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismailia Fahey and an unidentified Syrian, all of whom are scheduled to come to Washington.
Meanwhile, Allen will also be discussing long-term economic and military aid promised by President Nixon during his visit to Israel. Israel is seeking $2 billion annually for the next three years, $1.5 billion for military assistance and the rest for economic aid.
Allon was accompanied by Ephraim Evron, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry; Eytan Ben Tour, Allon’s political secretary and Eliahu Hasin, advisor to the Deputy Premier. (Allen is also Israel’s Deputy Premier.) When he arrived yesterday, the Israeli Foreign Minister was welcomed by Alfred L. Atherton, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Harold M. Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary.
(A report this weekend in the semi-official Egyptian newspaper A1 Ashram that Vice President Gerald Ford would be visiting Cairo and Israel in Not, could not be confirmed today in Jerusalem. The Foreign Ministry said it knew nothing about Ford’s reported visit.)