As the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, set off on his twelfth?
GV & SV King David Hotel building (2 shots)
SV PAN Dayan arriving (INT).
SV PAN Meir arrives
SV ZOOM IN ON Kissinger speaking at lunch
GV Knesset building
SCU Eban speaking:
EBAN: Secretary Kissinger's mission is obviously reaching a very...it's reaching a final stage. And I hope he comes back from Damascus ... that he'll bring good news, namely that the remaining problems have been reconciled. I think there is a good hope of it, but we've had so many fluctuations in these negotiations that I still don't want to make any final prediction.s We're at a very advanced stage, and in my view, a stage which objectively should give rise to an agreement.
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Background: As the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, set off on his twelfth visit in a month to see Syria's President Hafez Al-Assad, the Israeli Government waited to hear the outcome of his latest efforts to reach an agreement for separating the two countries' forces along the Golan Heights.
Dr. Kissinger had left Jerusalem for Damascus on Sunday (26 May), after attending a luncheon given in his honour by Mrs. Golda Meir, the retiring Israeli Prime Minister. At the lunch, both leaders toasted each other warmly.
Earlier, Dr. Kissinger had spent three-and-a-half hours discussing with Mrs. Meir and her Cabinet colleagues. The Cabinet then met to decide on their position in regard to the latest American proposals. These are believed to be based on new suggestions to reduce the forces of both sides under United Nations supervision.
After the Secretary of State had left for Syria, Israel's Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, told newsmen:-
Dr. Kissigner resumed his talks with President Assad in the Presidential Palace, immediately he arrived in Damascus. The talks continued throughout the whole of Monday, before the Secretary of State left to return to Israel. He told newsmen that his talks with President Assad had narrowed the points of difference between the two sides to "a very few".