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Trudeau on Week’s Visit to Mideast

Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau leaves next Saturday for a week-long visit to the Middle East which includes a four day state visit to Saudi Arabia, two days in the Yemen Arab Republic and several days in Egypt. Canadian officials said in a briefing here that the trip to Saudi Arabia is important to ensure that the Saudis have a favorable image of Canada so that the oil-rich kingdom will do business with Canadian companies.

The officials said relations between the two countries are bock to normal following the rocky period last year after former Prime Minister Joe Clark’s short-lived Progressive Conservative government came into office with a promise to move Canada’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Clark backed away from this proposal after threats from Arab countries and the opposition of Canadian businessmen.

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