Shultz to Visit the Mideast Next Month

The U.S. State Department announced here Monday that Secretary of State George Shultz will visit the Middle East next month before going to Moscow for arms control talks. It will be his first trip to the region since 1983.

Department spokesman Charles Redman said Schultz will visit Israel and possibly Jordan and Egypt, though his itinerary is not yet firm. Redman said the Secretary was going to the Middle East at the urgings of “a number of leaders.” He said the peace process will be on his agenda.

Schultz was in the region for two weeks in 1983 to try to establish an agreement between Israel and Lebanon with respect to the withdrawal of Israeli and other forces from the latter country. The agreement collapsed subsequently.

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