The United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, visited four countries in two days?
The United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, visited four countries in two days on Thursday and Friday (13 and 14 February) in his latest round of shuttle diplomacy aimed at seeking a permanent Middle East peace.
His first stop on Thursday was Cairo, where he conferred with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and the Egyptian foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi. At that point in his tour, Dr. Kissinger said the talks had been "fruitful" and that he was satisfied with their progress.
Later on Thursday, Dr. Kissinger arrived in Damascus for talks with Syria's President Hafez Al-Assad. He told reporters that the talks were "friendly and constructive" and had covered "the indispensable role of Syria in the final solution" of the Middle East problem.
Returning to Jerusalem from Damascus, Dr. Kissinger said still later on Thursday that he planned to return to the Middle East by mid-March to try to "tie up" a settlement involving further Israeli withdrawals from occupied Sinai. He said his latest visit to Israel was to put forth Egypt's proposals concerning such withdrawals -- but senior United States officials accompanying him said they believed the chances of success for this mission were at best "fifty-fifty".
And on Friday, Dr. Kissinger met Jordan;s King Hussein at the Red Sea port of Aqaba for talks that United States officials hoped might lead to a disengagement of forces on Jordan's frontier with Israel.