United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has said his country has a 'special relationship' with Israel, and that U.
GV: 10 Downing street London.
MV INTERIOR: British Prime Minister James Callaghan and Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon enter room and talk.
GV EXTERIOR PAN: US Embassy, London.
MV: Allon, surrounded by security men, enters embassy (2 shots)
MV: U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance arrives and enters embassy.
MV INTERIOR: Allon and Vance walking along corridor.
CU: Vance speaking
VANCE: "We have made it very clear that we have a special relationship with Israel. We are committed to the security of Israel. And as we have in the past, we will in the future, make sure that Israel has the defence articles necessary to preserve that security, including the advanced technology that will be required. I want to make this very, very clear."
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Background: 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.