Issue 331 - 22 Feb 1988
Later this week George Shultz, the US Secretary of State, begins a tour of the Middle East in order, it is widely held, to continue previous US efforts to obtain a lasting settlement of the Arab-Israeli dispute. But the State Department, announcing the Secretary of State's trip, was careful to disclaim any such grand and ambitious notions. Mr. Shultz would not, the Department said, be presenting any formal US peace plan at his ports of call and no dramatic breakthroughs were expected as a result of his visit.

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