Hopes for a successful conclusion to the negotiations for a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel have reached an all-time high.
GV WASHINGTON/President Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin walking together and talking
SV & CU INTERIOR JERUSALEM Israeli cabinet meeting in session and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan studying papers (FOUR SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO SV EGYPT; EXTERIOR PAN FROM Pyramids to cars arriving at Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's residence. Sadat out car and up steps
SV INTERIOR group with Sadat in centre and U.S. Ambassador Hermann Eilts
SV EXTERIOR ZOOM INTO CU Egyptian Prime Minister Khalil seated and speaking into microphones
CU WASHINGTON INTERIOR Begin speaking at news conference
KHALIL: "We are expecting further reports in the next twenty-four to forty-eight hours. And, for this reason, the President will re-assess our position in the light of the coming reports from the United States, which the American Ambassador will contact the President about them. I would like to also add that our position concerning the peace talks, and our resolution that peace has to be concluded, is still our official position. And we have to also state that we did not submit any new elements during the Camp David talks - the second Camp David talks."
BEGIN: "I will cut short my visit and fly home on Wednesday, instead of Thursday, to be in Jerusalem, and to participate directly in the preparations for this momentous visit. The President will come to us directly from Egypt, not on Shabat, as was said in the White House, but on Shabat night, at eight o'clock. The President will come to us directly from Egypt on Shabat night. I believe, as a result of our latest talks, the President's visit to Cairo and Jerusalem will bring closer the prospect of concluding the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel."
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Background: Hopes for a successful conclusion to the negotiations for a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel have reached an all-time high. It was announced on Monday (March 5) that President Carter would go to Cairo and Jerusalem in the hope of seeing a successful end to the negotiations that began at Camp David in the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The progress was reported to have stemmed from the latest round of talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Carter. Proposals to break the deadlock in negotiations were reported to have been suggested by the Untied States. The Israeli Knesset, or Parliament agreed to the recommendations, but Israeli officials in Jerusalem were quick to point out that the Knesset had agreed to proposals that came from Mr. Begin, and not the U.S. No details of the proposals have been released, but Israeli officials accompanying Mr Begin in Washington described them as significant and important.
While the Washington talks were going on, President Sadat was meeting with United States Ambassador Hermann Eilts at President Sadat's resthouse at Giza near the pyramids. Ambassador Eilts told him of the progress that had been made at the Washington talks. The main problem which had deadlocked the talks was believed to be Israel's persistent refusal to link the possible peace treaty with implementation of Palestinian self-rule on the West Bank of the River Jordan.
On Monday, it was expected President Sadat would make an announcement on progress. Instead, Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil spoke for the Egyptians. Later, Mr Begin spoke in Washington.