Israeli Premier Mrs. Golda Meir's meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday (January 17) with President Felix?
Israeli Premier Mrs. Golda Meir's meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday (January 17) with President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast was conducted under massive police security and a ban on newsmen. In their three-and-a-half-hour meeting, they discussed the Middle East situation and Israel's relations with African states, according to an official Israeli communique issued from the diplomatic mission there.
Five African countries have cut diplomatic ties with Israel during the past year.
Mrs. Meir flew unexpectedly to Switzerland for the meeting, following an equally unexpected visit to Rome where she met with Italian Premier Guilio Andreotti and President Giovanni Leone and had an audience with the Pope in the Vatican.
Mrs. Meir left Switzerland the same day to fly home to Israel.
SYNOPSIS: Strict security checks were in force at the Geneva hotel where Israeli Premier Mrs. Golda Meir stayed on her brief visit to Switzerland on Wednesday. She'd flown there unexpectedly for a meeting with Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who was on holiday.
During their meeting at the President's suburban Geneva villa, armed guards surrounded the area and newsmen were banned from entering. According to an official communique afterwards from the Israeli diplomatic mission there, the two leaders discussed the Middle East situation and Israel's relations with African states -- five of which have severed ties with her government in the past year.
After the meeting Mrs. Meir left in a high-speed motorcade escorted by police motorcyclists, and later flew home. Her unexpected visit to Switzerland followed an equally unexpected visit to Rome, where she met Italian Premier Guilio Andreotti and President Giovanni Leone and had an audience with the Pope at the Vatican.