TRADE: Simon's Tough Tour

Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon jetted about the Middle East last week on two precarious assignments. The sketchy economic agreements that President Nixon struck during his own tour last month had to be translated into workable programs and, even more important, avenues had to be explored for easing the impact of higher Arab oil prices. The trip took Simon from the French Riviera to Cairo, Jerusalem and Jidda; he ran into somewhat less trouble in Arabia than on the pleasant beaches of the Riviera.

The Secretary and his entourage of 40 stopped first in Nice to bone...

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