Ben Elissar Reported in Bucharest

Dr. Eliahu Ben-Elissar, director general of the Prime Minister’s Office, is currently in Bucharest, Maariv and Israel Radio reported today. They said Ben-Elissar, who recently headed the Israeli delegation to the Cairo talks, left for Rumania secretly yesterday to brief Rumanian leaders on recent political developments.

It was assumed that Ben-Elissar would meet with Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu. Ceausescu reportedly played a major role in mediating between Israel and Egypt, and was reportedly instrumental in arranging President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem last November.

Another potential mediator, Prime Minister James Callaghan of Britain, reportedly has recently received a cable from Premier Menachem Begin on recent developments. Begin made a point of meeting with Callaghan on his way to Washington last month and on the way bock.

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