Washington (Dec. 2)
Secretary of State Alexander Haig will visit Israel and five other countries after attending the meeting of the North Atlantic Council next week, the State Department announced today.
Department spokesman Alan Romberg said that after attending the Brussels meeting Dec. 10-11 Haig will go to Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Egypt and Morocco. He said the Secretary would meet with government leaders in each country which he visits.
Haig told reporters last week that he thought a visit to Israel would be “useful” although he did not know at that time if he would be going there. Originally, only Pakistan and India had been announced as countries which he would visit after the Brussels’s visit.
Romberg said that he could not give exact dates when Haig will visit each country except to say the Secretary will return to the U.S. Dec. 20. Department sources said that one of the reasons for not giving the dates is security. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has reportedly sent out Libyan “hit teams” to assassinate President Reagan, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Haig and other top U.S. officials.