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Premier Rabin Will Have Three Meeting with President Ford

June 11, 1975
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The Presidential jet sent to New York to pick up Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin and his party was due to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 4:30 p.m. instead of 3:30 p.m. as originally scheduled, it was announced this afternoon. The one-hour delay was attributed to Rabin’s longer than anticipated stop-over in London today where he conferred for 90 minutes with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. (See separate story.) Secretary of State Henry A, Kissinger was to greet the Premier and Mrs. Rabin at Andrews Air Force Base.

Rabin’s talks with the President and other officials, beginning tomorrow, are regarded as crucial to the next stage of negotiations in the Middle East and to future relations between the U.S. and Israel.

Premier Rabin will have his first meeting with President Ford at the White House tomorrow morning, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and to last 90 minutes. He will meet with the President again Wednesday evening at a working dinner at the White House and he and Ford will have a final meeting at the White House-beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Premier, who will be staying at Blair House, the official residence for visiting heads of state, will breakfast with Kissinger Wednesday and Thursday mornings and will have a working lunch with Kissinger at the State Department Thursday. Kissinger will also attend a dinner for Premier and Mrs, Rabin to be given by the Israeli Ambassador, Simcha Dinitz, Thursday night. He will lunch with Defense Secretary James R, Schlesinger Wednesday afternoon.


Before departing from Tel Aviv this morning, Rabin said he hoped that his talks with President Ford would result in a deepening of the Israeli-U.S, dialogue and a review of all the possibilities and components of an approach to peace. He said he would explain to the American President Israel’s sincere desire and striving for peace. He told reporters at Ben Gurion Airport that Israel was ready to cooperate in every way in negotiations aimed at either an overall peace settlement or a second-stage interim agreement with Egypt.

He said, in reply to questions, that he would have to wait until he spoke to President Ford and Secretary Kissinger before he could determine whether Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had offered any changes in Egypt’s position during his meeting with Ford in Salzburg, Austria last week.

Members of Rabin’s official entourage include Mordechai Gazit, director general of the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem; Gen. Efraim Poran, his military adjutant; and Eli Mizrahi, bureau chief of the Prime Minister’s Office, Rabin’s press attache, Dan Patir, arrived here several days ago.

Rabin’s schedule in Washington includes a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the Capitol Thursday afternoon; a meeting with the House International Relations Committee Friday morning; and an appearance on the CBS “Face the Nation” television program in Washington on Sunday prior to his departure for Israel.

The Premier will have a closed luncheon meeting with 400 leaders of the United Jewish Appeal and Federations and Welfare Funds and a meeting with representatives of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Washington Friday. He will be in New York Saturday night for an Israel Bonds dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

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