Luxembourg Foreign Minister Mr.
LV EXT King David Hotel in Jerusalem.
SV & CU Luxembourg Foreign Minister, Gaston Thorn (in dark suit), talking with Israeli officials in hotel lobby.
GV EXT Israel's President Yitzhak Navon's house.
CU INT President Navon welcomes Mr. Thorn (now in light coloured suit) and other officials.
SV PAN Mr. Thorn seated talking with Mr. Navon. (3 SHOTS)
CU PAM Mr. Thorn welcomed by Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin. They sit and talk. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Luxembourg Foreign Minister Mr. Gaston Thorn was briefed by Israeli ministers on Friday (1 August) about Palestinian autonomy talks with Egypt and the United States. Mr. Thorn, who is also the current Chairman of the European Community Council of Ministers, was in Israel to explore the role Europe may be able to play in fathering a comprehensive Middle East peace.
SYNOPSIS: A day earlier, on Thursday (31 July), Mr. Thorn was in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem at the beginning of this brief visit to the Jewish state. Mr. Thorn, in the dark suit, is on a fact-finding mission for the European Community. He and his two aides held detailed talks with the israeli ministers and are hoping for similar co-operation from leaders in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Syria and the Gulf States.
Israeli President Yitzhak Navon received the European party at his home in Jerusalem, although the meeting essentially was a formality. Mr. Thorn did, however, hold extensive talks with Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, exploring many of the problems faced by the nations of the Middle East. The visitors made little comment to newsmen after the talks, explaining they had come to learn rather then make judgements.
On Thursday night, Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin told the European mission that his government had no intention of diverging from the Camp David Agreements. At the same time, Mr. Thorn begin asked Europe to stay out of any future talks, and allow the negotiating parties to continue unhindered.