Round of Meetings on Mideast Marks Shift of Diplomatic Activity to London
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Round of Meetings on Mideast Marks Shift of Diplomatic Activity to London

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London today became the focus of diplomatic activity surrounding the Middle Eastern dispute as some of the principals involved arrived here for various talks. Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring, the special United Nations envoy for the Middle East, came here this morning to continue his round of discussions which are aimed toward a Middle East settlement. Dr. Jarring was scheduled to meet with British Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart tomorrow evening. Another arrival today was Ambassador Gideon Rafael, director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry. Mr. Rafael who is officially on an inspection tour of Israeli embassies in European capitals, will meet with Dr. Jarring tomorrow morning. Their meeting was reported to have been arranged between Dr. Jarring and Israel Foreign Minister Abba Eban in The Hague two weeks ago. Jordan’s Foreign Minister Abdul Moneim Rifai who arrived here over the weekend is scheduled to meet Foreign Secretary Stewart later this week. He saw Dr. Jarring today.

(In Cairo, an Egyptian spokesman charged today that Israel was talking peace to mask “aggressive intentions.” The accusation was leveled by Hassan el-Zayyat, the official Government spokesman, in response to Israel Foreign Minister Eban’s assertion that there was “no real change” in Egyptian policy toward Israel.

According to reports reaching here from Cairo, Mr. el-Zayyat told newsmen that Israel and its allies “do not want peace but want to force the Arab people to surrender.” It was Mr. el-Zayyat who announced over the weekend that Egypt would not object to the restoration of a United Nations peace-keeping force in the Sinai Peninsula if that were necessary to oversee an Israeli withdrawal. Egypt’s ouster of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) from its territory in May, 1967, many believe, precipitated the Six-Day War. Mr. el-Zayyat also dismissed the reported remarks of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad in Copenhagen last week that Egypt accepts the “reality” of Israel’s existence.

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