After meeting with President Nixon in Washington, D.C. on Friday (September 18), Israeli Prime Minister?
After meeting with President Nixon in Washington, D.C. on Friday (September 18), Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir spoke to the press about her country's hopes for peace.
It was reported that Mrs. Meir was satisfied with her talks with the President and that she was leaving Washington on Saturday convinced she had won his understanding and sympathy for her views.
She told the President -- and repeated her stand at a later press conference -- that here could be no peace talks until Egypt removed Soviet missiles which Israel alleged were installed near the Suez canal after the ceasefire went into effect early last month. Mrs. Meir's refusal to re-enter the negotiations was softened by a pledge that Israel would maintain the ceasefire unless forced to retaliate in the event of Egyptian attack. In return, U.S. officials said that they would continue to press Cairo for removal of the missiles.
Officials said Mrs. Meir had received promises of more U.S. military and economic aid, although there was no indication that President Nixon had accepted an Israeli request for arms supplies reported to total as much as 830 million sterling (2,000 million dollars).
At a press conference in Washington on Friday, Prime Minister Golda Meir spoke of her hopes for peace: