Dayan to Be in U.s .next Week

Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan will arrive in New York early next week for speeches in four principal American cities just as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is concluding his five-day visit to Washington.

While Sadat will be spending the coming weekend with President Carter at his Maryland mountain retreat in Camp David and appearing at the National Press Club and meeting with Congressional committees, Dayan’s full schedule is still uncertain. The State Department said that he will meet with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance but there is no decision on whether there will be a White House session with Carter.

Dayan, who has frequently visited America for fund-raising activities, is understood to be scheduled for appearances in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal and the Israel Bond Organization. He is expected to begin his visit Feb. 8. Media reports here are saying that Dayan’s visit was hastily arranged to counter the certain favorable publicity to be given to Sadat’s visit and the extensive coverage for him in the media on his terms for a Middle East settlement.

(In Jerusalem, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said today there are no plans for Dayan to meet Carter or other Administration officials. The spokesman said Dayan did not intend to meet Sadat and the possible overlapping of the Foreign Minister’s arrival and Sadat’s departure was a coincidence.

(Dayan’s visit to the U.S. was seen by some here as on effort by the Israeli government to offset the propaganda campaign undertaken by Sadat’s visit and his open letter to American Jews last weekend as well as the propaganda activities by other Egyptian officials in Western capitals. In addition, Dayan will be able to bring back to Israel the latest U.S. thinking on the peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt following the Carter-Sadat talks.)

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