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Canada and Israel Agree on Gulf

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Joe Clark, the Canadian minister for external affairs, ended a one-day visit to Israel on Monday satisfied that the two countries see eye to eye on the Persian Gulf confrontation.

Clark, who met with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in the evening, said a political solution to the crisis is still being sought, even as the U.N. Security Council deliberates a resolution authorizing the use of force to get Iraq out of Kuwait.

At a news conference following a meeting with Foreign Minister David Levy earlier in the day, Clark said he had “found Minister Levy’s observations very helpful.”

He said Levy told him that although Israel is not pushing for a violent solution to the crisis, the situation in the Gulf “threatens Israel’s very existence.”

Another topic reported to have been discussed during Clark’s visit was a $500 million Canadian loan to help Israel finance housing for immigrants from the Soviet Union and Israeli young couples.

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