Kohl’s Scheduled Visit to Israel Unchanged by Begin’s Announcement

The visit of West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to Israel, set for Wednesday, will take place as scheduled, despite Premier Menachem Begin’s announced plan to resign, a West German government spokesman said today.

The Israel Embassy here said nothing has been changed by Begin’s announcement in regard to the visit by Kohl, his first as Chancellor to Israel, and that no new instructions had been received from Jerusalem about the visit.

The West German spokesman said that Israel had not informed his country about any changes. He refused to comment on the Begin announcement but warned against any speculations about the Begin statement and the Kohl visit.

The Chancellor has received a detailed briefing on the dramatic developments in Israel. The assumption here, it was reported, is that Begin will remain Premier for at least a few weeks.

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