The new United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, arrived in Egypt on Thursday?
GV: Vance and party down aircraft steps and greeted by Fahmy and other officials.
GV: officials standing on tarmac.
GV: Vance and Fahmy walking towards newsmen (Vance starts speaking at 27 feet).
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: VANCE: "I had an interesting and useful visit to Israel. Let me say that I appreciate very much the kindness and courtesy of...Foreign Minister coming here to meet me. I'm very happy to be in Egypt. I come to follow the search for peace which started here with a historic agreement in January 1974. President Carter is deeply committed to doing everything that we can to help in the search for peace. We in the United States have the greatest respect and admiration for President Sadat as a man of vision, a statesman and a leader who has been leading a search for a just and durable peace as well as for a better economic life for his people.
REPORTER: "Would you say you're satisfied with your talks in Israel Mr. Secretary?"
VANCE: "I think they were very useful talks, yes, I found them very helpful.
REPORTER: "In which direction Sir would you say it's satisfactory?"
VANCE: "Well, I will discuss these with the Foreign Minister and President Sadat".
(VANCE, FAHMI AND OFFICIALS WALK AWAY FROM NEWSMEN.)
Mr. Vance's arrival statement indicated that the Carter Administration is sensitive to the problems of President Sadat. He is regarded in the United States as a leading Arab moderate, but he is currently facing an economic crisis which led last month to rioting in the streets of Cairo over food price increases.
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Background: The new United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, arrived in Egypt on Thursday (17 February) for talks with President Anwar Sadat on prospects for a Middle East peace settlement. Mr. Vance has described his current Middle East tour as a "fact-finding mission", although he has admitted that his aim is to bring the Arabs and Israelis back to the Geneva Peace Conference table by the end of the year.
SYNOPSIS: When Mr. Vance and his delegation arrived in Cairo, they were greeted by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmy. Mr. Vance had flown from Israel, which had been the first stop on his Middle East trip. He had said that while in Egypt he planned to explore the implications of recent reports suggesting that the leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organisation were considering the idea of a Palestinian ministate on the West Bank of the Jordan and the Gaza strip.
After the official welcoming ceremony, Mr. Vance held an impromptu news conference on the runway.