Following a nine hour meeting on Friday (29 August) with Israeli officials in Jerusalem, United States Secretary of State Dr.
Following a nine hour meeting on Friday (29 August) with Israeli officials in Jerusalem, United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger told reporters he expected the agreement being negotiated between Egypt and Israel on THE Sinai Desert to be initialled early next week. His meeting was the latest in a series he had held with Israeli and Egyptian leaders in his so-called shuttle diplomacy. Following his meeting in Jerusalem, he flew to Alexandria, Egypt, to continue talks with the Egyptians.
It is now expected the Israeli negotiating team will hold anomer meeting with Dr. Kissinger when he returns from Alexandria on 30 August. The proposed agreement may go to the Israeli Cabinet for ratification on sunday.
It now appears it will be initialled Monday or Tuesday; signed several days later; and discussed later in Geneva concerning how implement it.
The United States Congress must also approve sections of the agreement concerning the placement of U.S. observers to monitor the ceasefire.
If the approval is forthcoming, there would have to be a further signing before the Israelis would begin the actual withdrawal.
Part of the agreement would require an Israeli pullback form the Abu Rudeis oilfields and Israel is depending heavily on U.S. financial support to replace that oil supply and to protect Israel from any Arab oil embargo in the future.
Israel would also withdraw its troops from the strategic Mitla and Gidi Passes in the Sinai. U.S. civilian observers would perform in these areas and Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon, in an apparent effort the observation would be only as an early warning system and that no danger would threaten them.