Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger continues his shuttle between Egypt and Israel in an?
Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger continues his shuttle between Egypt and Israel in an attempt to close the gap which still exists between an agreement from both sides on how to ensure a permanent peace.
Although nothing has yet been formalised, it appears that Egypt's President Sadat has rejected the idea of normalising trade and tourist exchanges between the two countries in return for Israel's withdrawal from the vital Mitla and Giddi passes and the Abu Rudeis oilfields.
At a press conference yesterday (Tuesday, March 18) held jointly with President Sadat in Aswan, Dr. Kissinger conceded that there were substantial areas of disagreement.
Later in the day, Dr. Kissinger flew back to Tel Aviv and conferred with Israeli leaders, at the end of which the U.S. negotiator re-affirmed his belief that the critical deadlock could be broken.
At the same time, Israel's Defence Minister Shamon Peres was speaking of the returns Israel should expect from its latest proposed concessions.