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Kollek Invites Kohl to Visit Jerusalem

September 8, 1988
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Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek invited Chancellor Helmut Kohl of West Germany on Tuesday to visit the holy city and said here Wednesday morning that the German leader might come sometime in December.

A spokesman for Kohl said the chancellor definitely wants to come to Jerusalem, but that a visit would depend on his schedule.

Kollek extended the invitation during an hour-long chat with the chancellor that focused on a fountain, now being built, that the West German government has donated to Jerusalem.

The fountain is a creation of Gernot Rumpf, a German artist. Kollek would like to see Kohl dedicate it sometime at the end of this year.

Kollek also met here with Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and several other high-level officials.

The Jerusalem mayor said that his discussions focused on how to improve the overall situation in Jerusalem through contributions to specific social, educational and other betterment programs.

Kollek’s visit was made at the invitation of the Adenauer Foundation, an organization allied with the Christian Democratic Party that is involved in education projects in Jerusalem.

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