The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee?
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, briefed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday (20th November), about his recent trip to the Middle East, China and Japan. Following the meeting, Dr. Kissigner said he hoped peace talks between Egypt and Israel would begin within the next few weeks.
The meeting came amid reports that, during his tour, Dr. Kissinger indicated that Israel would have to withdraw from much of the territory captured from the Arabs in the 1967 war. Dr. Kissigner told reporters that he'd discussed with Committee members "not only the ceasefire but where we hope to go in peace negotiations". He said "We do not have a specific plan, but we have a number of principles which we feel would have to included."
Several Committee members indicated that Dr. Kissigner discussed the use of U.N. troops as a buffer between Israeli and Arab forces. Senator William Fulbright, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that after Dr. Kissinger's report he was hopeful not only about a ceasefire, but about prospects of a peace settlement. "The prospects", he said, "are better now than they have been in the last 30 years." Senator Fulbright said the security of Israel was the main objective of the United States. He said the idea of an Israeli-American security treaty was a matter that might be considered in negotiations.
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