The gathering of world leaders is Paris for Thursday's (November 12) memorial mass for General de Gaulle gave President Pompidou the opportunity of talking and conferring with many of them.
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Background: The gathering of world leaders is Paris for Thursday's (November 12) memorial mass for General de Gaulle gave President Pompidou the opportunity of talking and conferring with many of them. One of the leaders from the Middle East to see President Pompidou at the Elysee Palace on Friday (November 13) was the Prime Minister of the United Arab Republic, Mahmoud Fawzi.
Mr. Fawzi told reporters as he was leaving, that the discussion was constructive and friendly. But he declined to answer questions about the situation along the Suez Canal and the cease-fire prospects.
Under both General de Gaulle and President Pompidou, France has taken an active interest in pressing for a Middle East Settlement -- particularly through joint Four-Power action. M. Pompidou's policy of increasing French influence in the Mediterranean has led him to continue the rapprochement with the Arab world started by General de Gaulle.
The United Arab Republic has declared seven days of mourning for General de Gaulle.