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European Parliament to Send a Delegation to the Middle East

The Parliament of Europe will send a delegation to Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan and Egypt to “examine the possibilities of a solution to the Middle East conflict and to all the problems of Lebanon,” it was announced after a meeting of the Parliament in Strasbourg Thursday. The delegation will be headed by Piet Dankert of Holland, President of the European Parliament.

The decision followed a meeting in Strasbourg between Parliament members and an Israeli delegation headed by Knesset Speaker Menachem Savidor. He said at a press conference later that he had received assurances that the European Economic Community (EEC) will take Israeli interests into consideration when the Common Market is enlarged by the inclusion of Spain and Portugal. Those countries, particularly Spain, compete with Israeli agricultural exports to the European market.