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Shamir Leaves for Belgium, Canada

Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir left Israel today for official visits to Belgium and Canada.

At his first stop, in Brussels, he will be meeting with leaders of the European Economic Community (EEC) in an effort to protect Israel’s agricultural exports to West Europe from sharp competition from Spain and Portugal which are shortly to become full members of the EEC.

Shamir warned that no immediate or practical results should be expected from this round of talks, because the negotiations are involved and it is a long drawn-out process.

While in Canada he indicated he may discuss with Canadian government leaders the participation of Canadian troops in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) units in the Sinai.

“I will have talks in Canada about the situation in our area, in various aspects of the situation, and maybe this problem of the participation of Canadian troops in peacekeeping forces in our area will be raised,” he said.

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