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Rogers Confers with Mrs. Meir; Security Council Schedules Closed Session

October 21, 1970
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Secretary of State William P. Rogers met with Premier Golda Meir of Israel for an hour this morning at her Waldorf Astoria suite. According to informed sources, Mr. Rogers briefed her on his meeting last night with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. The Rogers-Meir meeting took place as an announcement was made at the United Nations that the Security Council will hold a precedent-setting closed meeting, tentatively scheduled for tomorrow morning. It will be the first closed conclave of the 15-member body in the United Nations’ 25 year history. It will be held on the foreign ministerial level. The Mideast and other crisis areas will be discussed. Attending will be Secretary Rogers, British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann, of France, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and the foreign ministers of the II non-permanent member countries of the Security Council.

According to informed sources Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Meir discussed the possibility of a full scale Middle East debate in the General Assembly next week. The source said that no new proposals were advanced by either side on reactivating the stalled Jarring peace talks. Mrs. Meir reportedly repeated Israel’s position that it would return to the talks if there was a rectification of Egyptian cease-fire violations. The sources here said it seemed clear to the U.S. that Israel favors an extension of the Suez cease-fire beyond its Nov. 5 deadline but the U.S. has no official commitment from Israel to that effect. The source pointed out that the Egyptian government has similarly indicated that it favored an extension but has made no commitment.

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