United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, completed a week of frantic and momentous?
United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, completed a week of frantic and momentous diplomatic activity on Saturday (19 January) by taking a relaxed tour of ancient monuments in Luxor, Upper Egypt. His successful talks with Egyptian and Israeli leaders culminated in their agreement to separate their forces along the Suez Canal.
Dr. Kissinger visited the temples of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon built around 1400 B.C. He listed intently to the site guides. He also entered the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamen, which he described as a very moving experience. He was loudly applauded by a large crowd as he left his hotel to go on to see King Hussein of Jordan in Aqaba.
The Suez Canal front has been completely quiet since the signing of the agreement on the 18th, and the Israeli and Egyptian chiefs of staff have started to work out details of the disengagement.
But other problems remain -- especially on the Syrian-Israeli front. After he had seen King Hussein, Dr. Kissinger went on to see Syrian leader, Hafez Al-Assad. By Sunday evening (20 January) he was back in Tel Aviv, and he has said he is ready to start shu???tling back and forth again -- this time between Syria and Israel -- to reach an agreement.
President Sadat has also visited Syria, where he is believed to have reaffirmed his commitment to the disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces. He has also launched a diplomatic campaign in the Arab world to win support for his policy.