Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman said in Cairo on Tuesday (31 January) that he hoped his talks with his Egyptian counterpart would lead to peace in the Middle East.
Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman said in Cairo on Tuesday (31 January) that he hoped his talks with his Egyptian counterpart would lead to peace in the Middle East. But he conceded that the path to peace was a difficult one. Meanwhile the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Alfred Atherton, held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel, and Arab Foreign Ministers prepared for another "rejectionist" summit meeting in Algeria.
SYNOPSIS: When Mr Weizman flew into the Egyptian capital from Tel Aviv, he was greeted by War Minister Mohammed Abdel-Ghani Gamassi. The two men together with their delegations were to resume military talks which were held up after parallel political discussions in Jerusalem broke down two weeks ago. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt had abruptly recalled his negotiators, after accusing the Israelis of intransigence.
Mr Weizman told reporters that the delegations would try to solve the greatest possible number of military problems. He said he and General Gamassi would try to achieve substantial results "and not just talk". Asked if he expected the discussions to be fruitful and if decisions would be made, the Israeli Defence Minister replied: "I think so". The talks would last two or three days, he said.
Also in Cairo was Mr Alfred Atherton, the American Assistant Secretary of State, who held a meeting with Egypt's foreign Minister, Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel.
They discussed Israel's proposed formula for getting the political talks moving again. Mr Atherton said he had brought with him a Israeli compromise suggested to him in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, hardline Arab Foreign Ministers began arriving in Algiers to plan a course of action against Egypt's peace initiative. The Ministers' main task was to prepare for a summit conference of Arab leaders opposed to the initiative.
The Syrian, Libyan, South Yemeni and Algerian Ministers together with a senior Palestinian leader met to decide on the broad outlines of future strategy to be discussed at the summit.
The summit was to begin on Thursday (2 February) and last two days.