United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has been continuing his high-speed 'shuttle diplomacy'?
United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, has been continuing his high-speed 'shuttle diplomacy' in the Middle--East in his attempt to get a disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces still fighting on the Golan Heights.
On Saturday (May 4) Dr. Kissinger left Damascus after talks with Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad. Then he had seven hours of talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Alexandria and arrived back in Jerusalem for a briefing session with Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir and her cabinet -- just 30 hours after he had left. On Sunday (April 5) he gave a full report on his discussions in Syria and Egypt to Mrs. Meir and other ministers.
Government sources in Syria said that President Assad had 'strongly refused' Israeli thinking on disengagement brought by Dr. Kissinger. But U.s. ambassador-at-large, Robert McCloskey, pointed out that 'some progress' was made. There was probably agreement ont he need for a United Nations force and a buffer zone, according to a U.S. official.
After Dr. Kissinger's talks with President Sadat in Egypt, U.S. officials said that progress had been made on a possible disengagement. But they added that aline of separation between the forces had still not been decided.
Dr. Kissinger was then able to lay the fruits of his travels before the Israeli cabinet. Although no details of their talks were released, U.S. spokesman Robert Anderson said the situation was reviewed in a 'constructive atmosphere'.
Meanwhile Syrian and Israeli forces continued to pound each other along the Golan Heights.
On Sunday, Dr. Kissinger left Jerusalem to meet King Hussein of Jordan.