The Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin flew to Aswan on Monday (7 January) to meet the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, for series of talks during his four-day visit to the country.
LV AND SV PAN Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin steps out of plane AND IS welcomed by Prime Minister Khalil (2 shots)
GV PAN AND ZOOM IN Two Prime Ministers stand during Egyptian National Anthem
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Background: The Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin flew to Aswan on Monday (7 January) to meet the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, for series of talks during his four-day visit to the country. Before leaving Tel Aviv, Mr. Begin said his talks with the Egyptian leader would focus on the Afghan conflict and other international issues such as Iran.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Begin flew into Aswan aboard an Israeli Air Force transport with a large number of officials including the prospective Israeli Ambassador to Cairo, Eliahu Ben-Elissar. The Israeli leader was greeted at the airport by the Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil and a military guard of honour. A single Israeli flag flew at the airport, but observers said more flags were visible throughout the heavily guarded twenty-kilometre due to Mr. Begins hotel. The talks are dominated by the mounting tension in Asia and the Middle East following the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan, but Reuters News Agency says it's unclear just what role Egypt or Israel could play.
Egypt has already condemned the Soviet move in Afghanistan and decided to reduce Soviet embassy staff in Cairo. It has also offered military training and financial support for Afghan volunteers. The minister of state for presidential affairs, Mansour Hassan, described the Soviet intervention as a serious threat, not only to the Afghan people, but to all the people of the Middle East. Both leaders have offered military facilities to the United States, should it request them, in the present situation. Egyptian officials said events in Iran and Afghanistan had created an urgency for reaching agreement on outstanding issues such as Palestinian autonomy and the status of East Jerusalem.