Israeli Premier Mrs. Golda Meir's departure from Italy on Tuesday (January 10) after a three-day?
Israeli Premier Mrs. Golda Meir's departure from Italy on Tuesday (January 10) after a three-day visit to Rome and the Vatican was preceded by a news conference the previous night when newsmen were told 'there will be peace in the Middle-East'. The Middle-East countries needs peace, she said, and therefore it would come -- but she didn't know when.
Earlier, Mrs. Meir had an audience with italian Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti. During her visit, which she announced only on the day of her arrival on Sunday(January 14), she also had an hour-long talk with the Pope and Italian President Giovanni Leone.
On Tuesday, she changed her original plans to fly back to Tel Aviv and instead went to Geneva in Switzerland, to meet Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir, who arrived in rome at the weekend for a surprise three-day visit, met Italian Premier Guilio Andreotti at his official residence on Monday. Earlier, she'd had an hour's audience with the Pope, at the Vatican, and had also met Italian President Giovanni Leone.
Mrs. Meir's audience with the Pope was the first by an Israeli Premier, and she said afterwards she had been pleased to explain Israel's view to him. She also told newsmen at a news conference in the Israeli embassy on Monday that there WOULD be peace in the Middle-East -- and the explained why.