There's been a further call from President Carter for a Middle East peace conference to resume in Geneva.
CU, SV INTERIOR: President Carter with Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel Halim Khaddam (2 shots)
SCU: Syrian Foreign Minister leaves White House, Washington, and meets Newsmen
CU: Syrian Foreign Minister answers newsmen's questions through interpreter.
LV: American flag over White House.
LV PAN: Syrian Foreign Minister drives away from White House
REPORTER: "Mr Minister, are the United States and Syria in agreement on the sort of Palestinians that should be at Geneva?"
TRANSLATOR: In Arabic.
MINISTER: In Arabic.
TRANSLATOR: "We stressed our own point of view, namely that PLO does represent the... (indistinct).
TRANSLATOR: "In any case, I would like to take this
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Background: There's been a further call from President Carter for a Middle East peace conference to resume in Geneva. Mr Carter had talks at the White House on Wednesday (28 September with Syria's Foreign Minister, Abdel-Halim Khaddam, who spoke in Arabic through a translator, replied that Syria was ready for another meeting, an assured the President:"You won't have any problem fro us. The problem is not from our side."
SYNOPSIS: The talks between President Carter and Mr Khaddam lasted for two hours....and afterwards a White House spokesman said they'd been useful and carried the dialogue forward. And Mr Khaddam said Syria hoped the Geneva conference would resume this year....and Syria would attend, but only if the conference would provide a serious result.
opportunity to re-iterate our appreciation and gratitude to President Jimmy Carter for all the efforts he is expanding all the time he is spending on achieving on going towards that goal we all seek, namely a just and durable peace."
One point was stressed at the White House by Mr Khaddam: Syria's assertion of the need to establish a Palestinian state .... a view the White House seems reluctant to endorse.