WASHINGTON (Sep. 8)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will receive top red carpet treatment from the Ford Administration this week when he returns to Washington after an absence of 18 months. Israel’s former Ambassador to the U.S. will arrive Tuesday for a series of momentous talks on Israeli-American relations and activities looking towards a Middle East peace settlement.
During his four day Washington visit he will be the President’s guest at Blair House. Shortly after his arrival here Tuesday, Rabin will be welcomed at the White House by President Ford. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will be present. The President and Rabin will meet again at the White House Thursday and that night the Premier and Mrs. Rabin will be guests of President and Mrs, Ford at a formal dinner at the White House.
Kissinger will breakfast with Rabin at Blair House Wednesday morning. They will meet later Thursday morning at the State Department and have a working lunch there. The Secretary also will attend the dinner to be given the Premier and Mrs. Rabin Wednesday night by Israeli Ambassador and Mrs. Simcha Dinitz at their residence. Later that night, the Dinitz’s will hold a garden party at the residence in the Rabin’s honor.
An agenda for Rabin’s visit has not been announced but it is understood that among the most important subjects will be the Ford Administration’s economic, military and diplomatic support for Israel, the next step in the settlement process, and the U.S. position toward the Palestinian role in the settlement proceedings.
State Department spokesman Robert Anderson, who announced Friday part of Rabin’s schedule, said that Kissinger “has indicated he hopes’ to visit the Middle East but that he does not know when it will take place. Previously it was indicate Kissinger would be in the area in mid-Oct. However, Ford will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York Oct. 18 and Kissinger will be present. Kissinger will be at the General Assembly Sept. 22 and 23 and return to New York Oct. 2 and 3 to address the General Assembly.