After addressing National Democratic Party groups at Cairo University on September 21, President Hosni Mubarak said the recall of the Egyptian ambassador to Tel Aviv did not mean his country had broken diplomatic relations with Israel.
GV Egypt's President Mubarak arriving at Cairo University with other officials (3 shots)
SV Mubarak answering reporters' question (SOT)
SVs Reporters watch as presidential car drives off and crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Mubarak meeting with National Democratic Party group
GV Mubarak leaving building and making statement to reporters (SOT) (2 shots)
GV Foreign Ministry building
CU PULL BACK TO GV Dr. Ahmad Dejani, PLO official, seated with other Foreign Ministry officials
SV Dr. Dejani speaking (SOT)
SCU Hassan Ali, Egyptian Foreign Minister seated with other officials (2 shots)
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT OF SEQUENCES 2, 5, 8:
JOURNALIST: "Are relations getting much worse between and Israel, do you think you'll cut off relations between the two countries?"
MUBARAK: "I am not cutting off relations, I just withdrew my ambassador, just for consultation."
JOURNALIST: "And will he be in Egypt for a long time, or will he be returning shortly?"
MUBARAK: "I don't know, I'm waiting how events are going to develop."
JOURNALIST: "But should the situation get much worse, would you consider cutting off relationships?"
MUBARAK: "I think leave it to its time, according to the events, at such time."
SEQ. 5: MUBARAK: "We are against killing these people this way, such a terrible way."
JOURNALIST: "What steps is Egypt taking to express its concern and to change the situation?"
MUBARAK: "We are discussing what is going to happen."
SEQ. 8: DEJANI: "The PLO and Egypt think the battle of Lebanon started these contacts and they will continue these contacts for the case of reaching a just peace in the area, and for the cause of Palestine."
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Background: After addressing National Democratic Party groups at Cairo University on September 21, President Hosni Mubarak said the recall of the Egyptian ambassador to Tel Aviv did not mean his country had broken diplomatic relations with Israel. Mr. Mubarak told journalists Ambassador Saad Mortada had been recalled in protest at the Beirut killings of Palestinian refugees. Despite the return of the ambassador, Egypt has resisted pressure to renounce its peace treaty with Israel. Egyptian leaders have said they will not abandon the treaty for the sake of resuming a place in the Arab world. On the same day, Egyptian Foreign Minister Hassan Ali had talks with Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) officials including the chairman of the Palestine Research Centre, Dr. Ahmad Dejani. After the meeting, Dr. Dejani told reporters he hoped Egypt and the PLO would retain contacts initiated by the Lebanon crisis until a just peace had been achieved in the area. However, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry has announced that PLO leader Yasser Arafat will not visit Egypt during his coming tour of Arab countries.