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Australia’s Foreign Minister to Visit Israel March 28-30

Foreign Minister Anthony Street of Australia will pay an official visit to Israel March 28-30, it was officially annouriced here today. Street will arrive aboard a special plane Friday March 26 but will spend the weekend privately and the official part of his stay will begin only on March 28.

On his agenda are meetings with President Yitzhak Navon, Premier Menachem Begin and Knesset Speaker Menachem Savidor, as well as working sessions with his host, Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and their top aides. Street will also visit the Australian unit attached to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai. From Israel he flies on to Egypt and will also visit other states in the area during his trip.

Shamir is hoping to visit Australia as part of a swing through friendly Asian countries during this year. A problem has arisen, however, in that connection: Japan, which rearlier had indicated willingness to invite him officially, has now declined in the meantime, citing the Golan Heights annexation as the factor rendering a visit inopportune at this time.

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