INTRODUCTION: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was officially welcomed to the United States by President Jimmy Carter at a ceremony at the White House in Washington on Monday (4 April).
GV INTERIOR Guests applauding as Presidents Jimmy Carter of USA and Anwar Sadat of Egypt walk to rostrum in White House Washington, USA.
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SV Carter addressing gathering (in English) and guests applauding with President Sadat.
SV U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Vice-President Walter Mondale watching.
SV Sadat addressing 102 gathering (in English).
CARTER: SEQ 3: "We understand the common ground on which peace might be brought. And I am personally willing to devote a great deal of my own time and the time of the American government to co-operation in this worthwhile pursuit towards a great goal which might bring stability to the entire world. So I would like to say in closing that President Sadat is received here in our own country with a warm welcome. Appreciation for his great achievements in the past and a hope that with his leadership and that of others in this Mid-East region, that the achievements might be even greater this year."
SADAT: SEQ 5: "Mr. President, a few weeks ago you pledged to devote a major part of your time this year to efforts for a lasting peace in the Middle East. Undoubtedly this genuine determination stems out of thoughtful realisation on your part of the possibility as well as the necessity to establish peace in the area after 29 years of devastating wars and stifling tension. This also demonstrates your enlightened awareness that your country has a certain mission to fulfil and a major responsibility to contribute positively to the process of peace in the Middle East, more important, you registered your willingness and even enthusiasm to fully assume this responsibility."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was officially welcomed to the United States by President Jimmy Carter at a ceremony at the White House in Washington on Monday (4 April). Mr. Sadat is the first Arab leader to visit the United States since Mr. Carter assumed office.
SYNOPSIS: At the White House welcoming ceremony, both men spoke about possible moves towards a Middle East peace settlement, and the topic is high on the agenda of their planned discussions. President Carter again emphasised his wish for what he called "a just settlement".
Thank you for coming to see us and I took forward to detailed discussions about many items that are on our agenda and Mrs. Sadat, we're very grateful that you could come, and be with us also. President Sadat, welcome.
Mr. Sadat also spoke of the Middle East.