Dr. Kurt Waldheim departed from Tel Aviv's Lod Airport on Friday (August 31st), on his?
GV Lod Airport
SV Waldheim entering aircraft.
LV PAN Weldheim's aircraft taxis.
SV Abba Eban speaks
Mr Eban: The purpose of his mission was to learn the policies and the positions of the government's concern at close hand and in depth. This was the object of his visit to Israel, and I believe that it has been achieved. He received yesterday, in the discussion with the Prime Minister, a very comprehensive account of Israel's positions and thoughts on the basic questions of Arab-Israel relations and our position concerning peace and security. This morning, we discussed matters of general international contest, which, however, effect the Middle East, such as the problems of energy, detentes and its effects on the Middle East, the specific and acute problem of the Jewish community in the Soviet Union, the -- something that he was not able to see, but which I tried to describe -- the human contacts and commerce and communication that have now risen between Israel and our Arab neighbours to the East, across the open frontiers and the open bridges, the ceasefire and other matters that have a general international interest, nearly all of them with a Middle Eastern aspect, as well.
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Background: Dr. Kurt Waldheim departed from Tel Aviv's Lod Airport on Friday (August 31st), on his way to Cairo for the fourth stop on his five-nation Middle East tour. He was seen off by Foreign Minister Abba Eban, who later commented that the Secretary General received a thorough briefing on Israel's views on a wide variety of topics.
The Secretary General's talks with Prime Minister Golda Meir and Foreign Minister Abba Eban lasted twice as long as originally scheduled, leading many observers to see better prospects for a now opening in the deadlocked Arab-Israeli positions.
Dr. Weldheim said on his departure that he could not judge the effectiveness of his talks until he had heard all the parties. "Only then shall I be able to see what kind of chances there are" he said, adding that the U.N. had a duty to contribute.
After Dr. Waldheim's departure, Mr. Eban spoke to the press:-