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Genscher Invites Shamir to Bonn

West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher extended an official invitation to Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir to visit Bonn next January. The invitation was made yesterday in the course of a meeting here between the two envoys.

According to an Israeli spokesman, Shamir accepted the invitation. The spokesman said Genscher noted that in January he will assume the Presidency of the European Economic Community (EEC) and that he will receive Shamir in Bonn in that capacity.

The meeting between Shamir and Genscher, who are both attending the current session of the UN General Assembly, was held at the UN Plaza Hotel and lasted about 60 minutes. According to the spokesman, Genscher told Shamir that the new West German government, headed by Chancellor Helmut Kohl, is interested in “continuing the friendly relations between the two countries.”

Shamir also expressed Israel’s interest in improving the ties between the two nations and said it is essential that “the dialogue between the two countries will continue.” Shamir and Genscher also discussed the situation in Lebanon and the future prospects for peace in that country.

Meanwhile, Shamir continued today his meetings here with Foreign Ministers of various nations. Today he met with the Foreign Ministers of Ecuador and Argentina.

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