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Peres, Dubynin Meet to Discuss Mideast Peace

May 18, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres met in Washington with Soviet Ambassador Yuri Dubynin to discuss possible Kremlin participation in a Middle East peace conference, an Israeli official said today.

The late night meeting Sunday was held at the request of the Soviet envoy shortly after Peres met for 90 minutes with Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

Shultz and Peres both stressed in speeches to pro-Israel lobbyists Sunday that the Soviets would not be allowed a role in an international Middle East peace conference unless they renewed ties with Israel, which they cut in 1967. (Story, Page 6.)

Met in Apartment

The Peres-Dubynin meeting took place at the Washington apartment of U.S. Jewish leader Edgar Bronfman, and Dubynin gave Peres a bottle of Russian vodka, said the Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Dubynin told Peres that not having relations with Israel was not normal," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Peres' impression was that the Soviets haven't made up their minds yet about the rate at which they want to proceed with Israel," the official added.

Israel and the United States are also demanding that the Soviets ease restrictions on the emigration of Jews.

Israeli and Soviet officials have conducted low-level contacts since last summer but Israel contends the Soviet message has been ambiguous.

Peres is on a U.S. visit to recruit Reagan Administration help in convening a multination conference as an umbrella for peace talks with Jordan.

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