WASHINGTON -- President Bush and Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir of Israel have set their first meeting since the Persian Gulf crisis began, the White House announced yesterday.
The talks are slated for Dec. 11, when Mr. Shamir is making a private visit to Washington.
Throughout the tense Gulf crisis, Mr. Bush has kept in touch, often through telephone conversations, with numerous leaders. But he has not spoken directly with Mr. Shamir.
At their talks next month, Mr. Bush is expected to seek assurances that the Israelis will not use $400 million in new U.S. housing loan guarantees for settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.