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Herzog Conveys to Meguid Israel’s Acceptance to Be at Cairo Parley

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Chaim Herzog met today for the second time in two days, with Egypt’s UN Ambassador Abdel Esmat Meguid and conveyed to him Israel’s acceptance of Egypt’s invitation to participate in a pre-Geneva preparatory conference in Cairo.

The Israeli letter of acceptance named the two Israeli delegates who will go to Cairo. They are Dr. Eliahu Ben-Elissar, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office, and Dr. Meir Rosenne, legal advisor to the Foreign Ministry.

The Israeli letter was addressed to the Acting Foreign Minister of Egypt, Pierre Boutros Ghalli and was signed by Premier Menachem Begin in his capacity of Acting Foreign Minister of Israel in the absence of Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan who is visiting West Germany. The meeting took place at UN headquarters and lasted 30 minutes.

Herzog had telephoned Meguid directly this morning to arrange today’s meeting. The two ambassadors met for the first time yesterday at the residence of a mutual friend in Manhattan. Meguid initiated yesterday’s meeting which lasted about an hour. At that meeting he presented Herzog with Egypt’s invitation to the Cairo conference.

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