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FLYING DUTCHMAN

Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van Mierlo today begins two intensive days of talks in Washington on issues ranging from Asia to Yugoslavia.

In 13 hours of meetings today and tomorrow, this flying Dutchman will visit 12 top officials - and still find time to hold two press conferences.

This morning he begins a crowded schedule of meetings, starting with Cesar Gaviria, secretary-general of the Organization of American States.

He also plans to meet President Clinton's special Middle East envoy, Dennis Ross, and Assistant Secretaries of State Robert Gelbard of international narcotics and law enforcement, Anne Patterson of inter-American affairs, John Kornblum of European and Canadian affairs and Princeton Lyman of international organizations.

Tomorrow he will meet National Security Adviser Anthony Lake and have lunch with Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He also has meetings scheduled with Undersecretary of Defense Walter Slocombe and Winston Lord, assistant secretary of state for Asia.

He plans a short news conference before lunch with Mr. Christopher at the State Department and an hourlong news conference after lunch, beginning at 1:45 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Club.

He will end his Washington visit by calling on two Republican members of the House International Relations Committee, Reps. Cass Ballenger of North Carolina and Doug Bereuter of Nebraska.

FAHD SPECULATION

Officials at the Spanish Embassy in Saudi Arabia yesterday denied reports that King Fahd was planning to leave permanently for Spain.

A top embassy official told the Associated Press the Saudi government had inquired about the possibility of the monarch going to Spain for a rest. But he said the request was clearly for a limited stay.

Time magazine reported Sunday that King Fahd may soon leave for his summer vacation residence in Spain and never come back to Saudi Arabia, completing a gradual transition of authority to his half-brother, Crown Prince Abdullah.

The magazine said the king's entourage had been summoned to the airport three times in the past month for an international trip, only to be called back to the palace. …