West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, the first German head of state to visit Israel, has been continuing his talks with Prime Minister Golda Meir on the Middle East situation, the European Economic Community (EEC) and bilateral relations.
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At a press conference on Friday. Mr. Brandt told newsmen:
"I met both the President of the United States and the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and certain other people like President Tito, Prime Minister Heath and others. It would be, I think, very unwise should I report on details of talks which have taken place during these weeks, other than at this moment to give my impression that, in spite of all other differences of opinion in various fields, the leading people of both world powers seem to be interested in what they call a political solution in the Middle East and in Israel's relations with her Arab neighbours."
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Background: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, the first German head of state to visit Israel, has been continuing his talks with Prime Minister Golda Meir on the Middle East situation, the European Economic Community (EEC) and bilateral relations.
On Friday (8 June), Mr. Brandt met the new Israeli President, Professor Ephraim Katzir, who presented the West German leader with a 2,000-year-old coloured glass vase.
Later on Friday, Mr. Brandt dined in the communal hall of the Ein Gev kibbutz (collective farm) -- home of Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon.
Mr. Brandt announced on Friday that Mrs. Meir had accepted his invitation to visit West Germany -- a trip the Israeli Prime Minister was known to be reluctant to make because of World War Two memories.