UN Secretary General Accepts in Principle an Invitation by Begin to Visit Israel

Prime Minister Menachem Begin has invited newly elected Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellan to visit Israel and the Secretary General accepted in principle, a UN spokesman announced here today.

According to the spokesman, Begin conveyed the invitation during his meeting yesterday in Jerusalem with UN Under Secretary General Brian Urquhart. The spokesman said that the date for the trip would be discussed with the Israeli UN Mission in New York and it was understood that a final date for the visit would be decided when Ambassador Yehuda Blum returns from his current 10-day visit to Israel.

Blum left for consultations in Israel last night in the wake of the harsh anti-Israel resolution adopted last Friday by the General Assembly calling for the isolation of the Jewish State for its annexation of the Golan Heights.

According to the UN spokesman, De Cuellar visited Israel in the past before he was elected to his present position. His predecessor, Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, visited Israel while in office.

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