Meetings in Washington

With Israeli-U.S. relations strained to its farthest ends by the Carter Administration’s tilt toward Arab perceptions the last few weeks, Israelis and Americans are to hold several meetings in Washington in mid-September.

A prospective meeting is to be held by Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and an as yet unnamed Egyptian representative soon. Issues include the U.S.-supported United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization in Sinai to replace the UN armed force there.

This meeting is expected to take place Sept. 12-13. But the factor of another meeting may cause a shift. Israeli Defense Minister Ezer Weizman is to be in Washington Sept. 13-14 to discuss, principally with Pentagon officials, the shipment of sophisticated Soviet tanks to Syria. These tanks excel the U.S. and British tanks Israel has.

Meanwhile, special Ambassador Robert Strauss is now tentatively set to go to Haifa about Sept. 10 or a few days later to meet Egyptians and Israelis on their autonomy talks. State Department sources discounted possibilities of a summit conference by President Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Premier Menachem Begin of Israel. It was reported that they would meet in Washington Sept. 17.

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