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Habib Back for Consultations Will Return After Israeli Vote

Special Mideast envoy Philip Habib returned Friday to Washington from the Middle East. He met with Secretary of State Haig on Saturday and is expected to see President Reagan after the President returns from California tomorrow.

David Passage, a State Department spokesman, said again that Habib had gone to the Middle East to resolve the crisis developing from Syria’s stationing of SAM-6 anti-aircraft missiles in Lebanon. Passage said that tensions had been eased in the Middle East but that the Habib mission would probably have to continue.

Sources here said that Habib was called home for consultations partly out of a desire of the State Department that he should not be in the region during Israel’s current election campaign which will end on Tuesday.