United States' President Gerald Ford and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt ended two days of talks in Salzburg, Austria, on Monday (2 June) without reaching any definite decisions on ways to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations.
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PRES. FORD (SEQ 3): "The meetings were conducted in, I think, a very constructive manner. After leaving here, in the weeks ahead I will have further consultations that will, I trust, lead to the overall objective that I seek of a permanent peace that will be in the best interest of all the parties."
PRES. SADAT (SEQ 4): "May I seize this opportunity to extend an invitation for President Ford to visit our country and to meet with our people. And we shall be very happy to have him among us. Thank you."
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Background: United States' President Gerald Ford and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt ended two days of talks in Salzburg, Austria, on Monday (2 June) without reaching any definite decisions on ways to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations.
At an informal news conference held in the open courtyard of the sixteenth century palace where the summit took place, the two Presidents said they would be returning to their countries to study new ways in which Arab-Israeli talks should proceed.
Describing his discussions with President Sadat as "constructive", President Ford told newsmen he proposed to complete his reassessment of Middle East policy after his summit with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Washington on 11 and 12 June.
In turn, President Sadat indicated that he continued to regard the United States as the main power in the search for peace, despite the failure of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's mission to negotiate a new troop disengagement between Israel and Egypt two months ago. The egyptian leader went on to extend an invitation to President Ford to visit Egypt.
The end of the summit -- the first between the U.S. and Egyptian leaders -- coincided with an Israeli Government announcement that troops in the Suez Canal would be thinned out in a move to reduce tension in the area. The action was seen by observers as a direct response to the Salzburg summit.