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Kohl Postpones His Visit to Israel

April 21, 1983
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Chancellor Helmut Kohl has postponed his visit to Israel, tentatively scheduled for early this summer. The West German leader is expected to go to the Middle East some time next fall and will follow his visit to Israel with visits to Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, diplomatic sources here said.

The sources firmly denied that Kohl is deliberately delaying his planned visit to Israel. But they confirmed that the Chancellor preferred that the visit be part of a series of talks with the leaders of other Middle Eastern nations rather than an isolated event.

The sources said Kohl, leader of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) intends to give priority to the Geneva talks limiting the deployment of medium range nuclear missiles in Europe and will go to Moscow shortly at the invitation of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov for talks related to that objective and other matters.

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