The Israeli Premier, Mrs. Golda Meir, has had a 90-minute meeting with President Nixon in?
The Israeli Premier, Mrs. Golda Meir, has had a 90-minute meeting with President Nixon in Washington. Mrs. Meir flew to Washington from New York aimed stringent security measures, and before going to the White House met members of the Senate Foreign relations committee and had talks with the Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers.
Her visit came as the middle East situation worsened with heavy fighting reported in Jordan between Government forces and the Palestine commandos.
Mrs. Meir spent almost two hours in discussion with Mr. Rogers about the question of resuming talks with the Arabs under the United Nations special envoy, Mr. Gunnar Jarring.
With president Nixon she discussed relations between her country and the United States which have been strained recently by alleged violations of the Suez ceasefire.
Afterwards she told a press conference she had rejected American pleas that Israel should return to the Middle East peace talks. She said refused to resume the talks until there was a pullback of missiles Egypt had reportedly installed near the Suez Canal since the truce went into effect on August the 8th.
A White house spokesman announced that the United States had given new assurances that it would continue its aid programmes to Israel, but refused to say whether the assurance had been given personally by President Nixon to Mrs. Meir.