The Egyptian President, Mr. Anwar Sadat, returned to Cairo on Monday night (13 February) after?
SCU INT President Anwar Sadat speaking in English
MR. SADAT: "As you know, we have differed upon the declaration of principles, that should, I mean, rule our work after that. Until we reach this agreement we can't continue, until we solve the differences that have arisen between us we can't continue. But be sure of this whenever we reach this agreement upon principles it is a matter of one week or so to reach a settlement. About the Israeli people I must confess here, before you, and I have declared this before I left Jerusalem I was really very deeply touched by the very warm welcome that was accorded to me there in Israel. More than that I was really astonished especially after I gave my speech in the Knesset and I think it continues until now because until now I am receiving not only from the Jewish communities all over the world, but also from the Israeli people there in Israel, I am receiving their feelings in letters and messages and so. The Israeli government, in my visit really, I thought that we had overcome already all this psychological barrier that has been between us during the last 30 years or more, but after I reached Cairo and the whole process started again I found that, until this moment, the Israeli government holds the old conception that should have been dropped after my visit to Jerusalem."
Mr Sadat said he felt very discouraged before starting this trip which took him to Morocco, the United States, Britain, West Germany, Austria, Rumania and finally, Italy. But in Paris he said he was very encouraged. He had met complete understanding. He said at the moment, there are no plans for him to visit Israel or Mr Begin to visit Egypt. The next stage would be a Middle East shuttle by the United States Assistant Secretary of State Mr Alfred Atherton.
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Background: The Egyptian President, Mr. Anwar Sadat, returned to Cairo on Monday night (13 February) after completing his eight-nation tour to explain his Middle East peace strategy. During a short stopover in Rome he had talks with Pope Paul, President Giovanni Leone and the caretaker Prime Minister Mr. Giulio Andreotti. Earlier, in Paris, he held a news conference after talks with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. He said that he was determined to persevere with his drive for peace with Israel and that he had been encouraged by his talks with United States President Jimmy Carter and European leaders.