United States' President Gerald Ford made a spectacular entrance into Salzburg, Austria, on Sunday (1 June) when he stumbled and fell at the feet of waiting officials.
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Background: United States' President Gerald Ford made a spectacular entrance into Salzburg, Austria, on Sunday (1 June) when he stumbled and fell at the feet of waiting officials.
In the tense atmosphere surrounding the vital talks on the Middle East President Ford was to have with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, the incident, at Salzburg airport, provided some relief, if not embarrassment for the President.
Brushing the fall aside with a humorous gesture - "Sorry I tumbled in," he told officials - Mr. Ford went on about his very serious business.
After a welcoming speech from Austrian Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky, President Ford drove to the Egyptian President's lakeside residence for talks centering on what happens next in Middle East peacemaking.
During the lunchtime session, President Sadat told the U.S. leader that their talks were an historic opportunity to pave the way to a Middle East peace and that they must not lose it.
President Ford, in his speech, said he was not prepared to tolerate a stalemate or stagnation in the Arab-Israeli dispute.