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E.c. Seeking Anti-boycott Clause in Trade Pacts with Gulf States

The European Community is seeking to include an anti-boycott clause in trade agreements with the Persian Gulf states, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned.

The issue of the Arab economic boycott of Israel was raised by the E.C.’s executive arm, the European Commission, when it resumed trade talks with the Gulf Cooperation Council here last week.

The council is an association of six Persian Gulf countries, most of them oil producers, which have a stake in lower tariff barriers on petrochemical exports to the European market.

The E.C. specifically is seeking an end to secondary and tertiary boycotts aimed at European companies that do business with Israel or which are headed by Jews. It is expected to demand that “practices contrary to the essential rules of international trade” be abolished.