PARIS (Jul. 1)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin urged French government officials here to grant economic aid to Palestinians in the territories, thereby contributing to the Middle East peace process.
“I came to Europe to tell our friends that they should now start to invest in the territories, to provide work to these people. Not through us, but directly,” Rabin said during a state visit here.
Rabin met Thursday with French President Francois Mitterrand and discussed several other issues as well, including the Arab economic boycott against Israel.
Mitterrand reportedly referred to the Arab boycott as “something shameful” and said the matter would be brought up at next week’s economic summit in Tokyo of the Group of Seven industrialized nations.
Before concluding the official part of his visit, Rabin will also meet French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and Simone. Veil, former president of the European Parliament and now a senior member of the French Cabinet.