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Herzog Leaves for Britain Visit

Israeli President Chaim Herzog left Thursday on a six-day visit to Britain.

Herzog, accompanied by his wife, Aura, and two aides, is making his second trip to Britain since he took office five years ago. He will have tea with Queen Elizabeth and lunch with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, but the trip is officially billed as a “working visit.”

Herzog plans to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration declaring British support for a Jewish homeland and the 40th anniversary of Israel’s independence, organized by Anglo-Jewish community.

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, meanwhile, was leave for the United States Thursday night on a 10-day visit during which he will sign a new memorandum of understanding with Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci. The agreement will put U.S.-Israel ties on an equal footing with Washington’s relations with its NATO allies.

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