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East Germany to Aid Arafat

East Germany has promised Yasir Arafat it will provide stepped up material, political and diplomatic aid to Palestinians in their struggle against Israel.

According to East Berlin newspapers, the promise was made at a series of meetings between Arafat and top officials of the ruling Communist Party. Arafat, who heads the loyalist faction of the deeply divided Palestine Liberation Organization is one of several hundred foreign guests invited to participate in celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of the Communist regime in East Germany. During his stay in East Berlin he will meet with senior officers of East Germany’s Peoples Army to discuss training programs for PLO fighters.