NEW YORK (May. 31)
Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said today that the United States is waiting for replies from the Arab governments to its proposal some months ago that they enter into non-belligerency agreements with Israel. He made the disclosure to reporters when asked if the U.S. is planning a major initiative in the Middle East before the Presidential elections in November. Kissinger said the U.S. view was that the non-belligerency proposal was a major initiative.
He made his remarks following a 90-minute meeting with Israel’s former Premier Golda Meir at her Waldorf Astoria Hotel suite here. Mrs. Meir is currently on a speaking tour of the U.S. Kissinger told reporters that they had “exchanged ideas” on the Middle East situation but nothing specific was discussed. Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, Simcha Dinitz, was present for part of the meeting. Later, it was learned, Kissinger and Mrs. Meir had a private talk.