The U.S. State Department, Washington, was yesterday (Thursday) the scene of talks to save the?
The U.S. State Department, Washington, was yesterday (Thursday) the scene of talks to save the Middle East ceasefire from its first major crisis -- allegations that the Egyptians had moved Soviet SAM missiles closer to the Suez Canal.
Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin asked Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco for United States action to secure the removal of the ground-to-air missiles. As soon as the Israeli Ambassador left, Mr. Sisco met Egyptian diplomat Dr. Ashraf Abdel Latif Ghorbal.
Lieutenant-General Rabin said as he left the State Department that Israel had concrete evidence that the missiles had been moved nearer the canal both before and after the ceasefire -- thus contravening Middle East peace formula.
Dr. Ghorbal, an Egyptian diplomat who recently returned to Washington after consultations in Cairo, joined Mr. Sisco in a broad discussion on the Middle East situation -- including the Israeli charge of a ceasefire violation.
U.S. intelligence experts were reported to be processing their own evidence to confirm or disprove the Israeli charges.