The Egyptian Acting Foreign Minister, Boutros Ghali, has returned to Washington, carrying a new draft peace treaty with Israel.
CU Portrait of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
SV INTERIOR Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil arrives, greets Cabinet ministers and sits down
CU Acting Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali seated at table
SV Mr. Khalil talking to ministers
GV Cabinet in session
CU Mr. Khalil speaking to newsmen in English after meeting
KHALIL: "Egypt is committed to the peace initiative started by President Sadat which aims at breaking down the barrier of hatred and ...... (indistinct) of hatred, and trying to establish a right and just peace in the area. Number Two -- that Egypt is trying to reach a comprehensive settlement in the whole Middle Eastern region. But such a peace settlement, which should be lasting and just, must be based on securing the right of the Palestinian nation. Number Four -- that both should be a link between the settlement on the Egyptian problem and the solving the Palestinian problem, with all its aspects. And we say that it's an imperative as long as the goal of the negotiations......is to get rid of the conflict and that all the nations of the Middle East have to live in peace and security."
Dr. Ghali left Cairo for Washington on Wednesday (8 November), where the peace treaty talks between Egypt and Israel are expected to resume shortly. Earlier, President Sadat said that Egypt would not sign a peace treaty that does not have a clear statement on future negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people. President Sadat said the Palestinian people should be able determine their own future in the West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza strip. He said the most important thing was for Egypt to link the treaty to a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East.
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Background: The Egyptian Acting Foreign Minister, Boutros Ghali, has returned to Washington, carrying a new draft peace treaty with Israel. Reports from Cairo said several new suggestions had been added to the draft agreement. These dealt mainly with the question of linking a peace treaty with an overall settlement of the Palestinian question.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat presided over a special Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (7 November) in Cairo. At the session, the Acting Foreign Minister, Dr. Ghali, presented a report on the Washington peace talks.
According to Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil, no peace treaty with Israel will be signed, without agreement on the Palestinian problem.