Israeli Premier Mrs. Golda Meir's departure from Italy on Tuesday (January 10) after a three-day?
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Israeli Premier Mrs. Meir at meeting with Italian Premier Andreotti; Mrs. Meir talking to newsmen at news conference in Israeli Embassy.
MRS MEIR: "One should be very careful, in what comes out of Israel, to prophesy. So if it's a general prophecy I can say with all my heart that I am convinced that there will be peace in the Middle-east -- there must be peace in the Middle-East -- for the good of all countries. If it were only for the good of one, it wouldn't be good enough. But there's no doubt that the peoples of all the countries in the area, whether it's Arab countries of Israel, need peace. Therefore, it will come about. Whether it will be this year, I don't know. I can only say that Israel will do its best so that it comes along as quickly as possible. I don't know when the...an agreement on the opening of the canal will be made as far as Israel is concerned. We immediately replied positively to their suggestion. We are prepared to do something which was rather difficult for us to do, and we're still prepared, and we're prepared....we want to negotiate. To my sorrow, after Mr. Sadat made his original announcement on the fourth of February '71, he is now not prepared to negotiate. And he makes several conditions, one of them is that he should be allowed to bring his army across -- which of course is impossible. At any rate not before there is peace, and maybe also not after that".
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Background: 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.