NEW YORK (May. 14)
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel has cut short his scheduled seven-day visit to the United States because of the political crisis at home over the issue of an international conference for Middle East peace. As a result, he will not meet with Administration officials in Washington as originally scheduled.
Instead, Peres will meet in New York on Saturday night with Secretary of State George Shultz to discuss with him his proposal for an international conference. Both Shultz and Peres are scheduled to attend Saturday night the David Ben Gurion Centennial Dinner at the Parker Meridien Hotel here. Peres will be the keynote speaker at the event while Shultz will receive the David Ben Gurion Peace Award. The two leaders will meet before the dinner for approximately one hour, an Israeli spokesman said.
Peres is scheduled to arrive in New York Friday morning, a day later than originally planned. He will be the guest of honor at the Salute to Israel parade on Fifth Avenue on Sunday. Before returning to Israel late Sunday night, Peres will fly to Washington to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).