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Peres in Stockholm to Attend Palme’s Funeral Meets with World Leaders

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Premier Shimon Peres returned Sunday from a 48-hour visit to Stockholm where he attended the funeral of assassinated Swedish Premier Olof Palme and met with world leaders who also attended the funeral ceremonies.

Peres briefed the Cabinet on his meetings with Western officials and, according to a statement issued after the Cabinet session, talked with them about a proposal that the United States, France, Italy and other nations establish a “fund for the development of the Middle East to give assistance for regional and local projects.”

Peres’ departure from Israel last Friday was low key. There was no statement at the airport as he was seen off by Swedish Ambassador to Israel, Sven Hirdman. Peres flew by regular El Al service to Copenhagen, the Israel airlines Scandinavian point of entry.

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