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Entry Visas to Egypt Increase

August 10, 1979
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There has been a sudden sport in the number of Egyptian visas for Israelis who wish to visit that country, it was reported today by the Israeli Foreign Ministry special office for visas to Egypt. The office said it had received 59 visas in one batch today. Until now, visas dribbled in ones or twos.

Israeli circles assume that the increase in the number of visas is the result of talks held earlier this week between Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Boutros Ghali. During a meeting between the two men at Dayan’s home, the Israeli Foreign Minister expressed disappointment with the slow pace of visa approvals by Egypt. Hundreds of Israeli visa applications were being held up in Cairo, Dayan told Ghali. The Egyptian official, who was in Israel to participate in the autonomy talks, told Dayan that the delay was due to bureaucratic snafus.

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