Syrian Leader Confers with U.S. Officials

Vice-President designate Nelson A. Rockefeller will participate in a meeting at the State Department tonight between Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and the Syrian Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khadam. the State Department disclosed today. Khadam, who arrived here last night, met with Kissinger today in the Secretary’s continuing round of consultations with Middle East leaders aimed at a peace settlement in that region.

State Department spokesman Robert Anderson said that Kissinger’s purpose in inviting Rockefeller to tonight’s meeting was to introduce him to Khadam. He said the former New York governor would be present at the meeting for about a half-hour. Asked if it was entirely proper for a private citizen to sit in on high level diplomatic discussions, Anderson stressed that this was “just an introduction.” Rockefeller’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate and House after hearings which will begin next month.

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