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Peres is Europe-bound

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Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres left for Europe Wednesday morning for a week of meetings in London, Paris and Brussels. He may also visit Bonn.

Peres will meet with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and British Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe Thursday. With no major bilateral issues on the agenda, their talks are expected to focus on general Middle East questions and East-West relations.

In Paris on Friday, Peres has meetings scheduled with President Francois Mitterrand and Premier Jacques Chirac. He will be in Brussels Sunday for a meeting with the European Economic Community (EEC) Foreign Ministers and to sign an agreement government the export of Israeli agricultural products to the EEC countries. The agreement takes into account the effects that the entry of Spain and Portugal into the EEC last year will have on Israeli trade.

A visit by Peres to West Germany is still tentative. In each of the countries he visits, the Israeli Foreign Minister will meet with leaders of the Jewish communities. In Paris he will attend a special performance of Racine’s “Esther” a French classic based on the Purim theme, presented by the Comedie Francaise.

The play, now in rehearsal, will offer a special preview for Peres at the request of Israeli Ambassador Ovadia Soffer.

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