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    United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has said his country has a 'special relationship' with Israel, and that U.

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    United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has said his country has a 'special relationship' with Israel, and that U.S. would make sure Israel had adequate defence. Mr. Vance was speaking following a briefing session in London on Wednesday (11 May) with Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon on the latest American discussions with Arab leaders aimed at reaching a Middle East peace settlement.

    Israeli Officials have expressed concerned recently at American proposals to downgrade Israel's priority in U.S. arms sales. Newspaper reports in Tel Aviv have said that the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Simcha Dinitz, has been told that Israel would not be included in the list of countries which would receive top priority in arms purchases. Also Israeli Trade Union newspaper, Davar, reported recently that the U.S. favoured cutting sales by Israel's aviation and military industries. The U.S. recently blocked the sale to Ecuador of 24 Israeli-made Kfir jet fighters, saying it did not want such sophisticated weapons in Latin America.

    SYNOPSIS: A visit to 10 Downing Street to see British Prime Minister James Callaghan was the first item on the agenda for Mr Allon on Wednesday before his meeting with Vance.

    Then it was on to the U.S. Embassy where Mr. Allon was to be briefed by Mr. Vance. Mr Allon had just flown from Paris, where he spoke with Ivory Coast president, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who reported on his meeting with Palestine Liberation Organisation officials.

    Mr Vance wanted to reassure Mr Allon that the United States would ensure that Israel was provided with the defence equipment necessary for its security. An Israel newspaper claimed on Wednesday that the Carter administration was holding up military equipment requested by Israel. Mr Vance discounted reports that the U.S. might impose a settlement.

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