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Israel, Eec Sign Accord

Israel and the European Economic Community (EEC) signed an accord in Brussels last week providing for two joint research projects which will be carried out in Israel and financed mainly by the EEC.

The signing of the accord was seen by Israeli diplomats as another step in normalizing relations between Israel and the EEC, which became strained after Israel’s invasion of Lebanon.

The diplomats noted that the accord was signed by the EEC under its current chairman from Greece. They pointed out that Greek officials took pains to demonstrate that they did not want to be blamed for trying to deliberately prevent improvement of Israel-EEC relations.