The Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, flew home on Sunday (23 November) after a week-long tour of the Middle East.
SV INTERIOR President Sadat of Egypt seated, talking to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Cairo
GV Canadian Ambassador to Egypt and Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Boutros Ghali PAN TO President Sadat and Mr. Trudeau
SV Trudeau talking with Mr. Sadat
SV EXTERIOR Cameramen outside President Sadat's residence
SV Mr. Trudeau speaking in English as Mr. Sadat looks on and reporters take notes.
TRANSCRIPT: TRUDEAU: "From the very first we thought that you had made a very brave and courageous effort for peace when you went to Israel and we have attempted in a modest way to support your efforts. Following our discussion this morning I think I would want to say that in future, now that I know your secret thoughts, I am on the same wavelength as you say and I am sure the Canadian government and Canadian people will continue to wish you well in the pursuit of peace in the Middle East."
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Background: The Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, flew home on Sunday (23 November) after a week-long tour of the Middle East. He visited Saudi Arabia, the Yemen Arab Republic and Egypt, before brief stopovers in West Germany and France, which included talks with Chancellor Schmidt in Bonn and President Giscard d'Estaing in Paris. The final stop in the Middle East for the Canadian leader was cairo, where he held talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on Saturday (22 November).
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Trudeau said that the purpose of his meeting with President Sadat was to learn more on Arab-Israeli differences and the Iraq-Iran war and to understand more about the Middle East.
The Canadian Ambassador and the Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Boutros Ghali attended the talks which also covered the North-South dialogue on economic development. After the meeting Mr. Trudeau gave his support to President Sadat's Middle East peace initiatives.