British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, in Cairo for a three day visit, has renewed Britain's offer to take part in a peace-keeping force in the Middle East under United Nations auspices.
British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, in Cairo for a three day visit, has renewed Britain's offer to take part in a peace-keeping force in the Middle East under United Nations auspices.The offer came during a day when Sir Alec started talks with his Egyptian opposite number, Mr. Mahmoud Riad, and took time out to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo, British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home on Monday continued his three-day visit with his first full round of talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mr. Mahmoud Riad. During the course of the day, Sir Alec was to renew Britain's offer to take part in a peacekeeping force in the Middle East -- under United Nations auspice. It was the first official meeting between Foreign Ministers of the two countries since the 1956 Suez crisis embittered relations. The two men signed an agreement providing compensation for British property nationalised in Egypt at the time.
From current problems to Egypt's timeless man-made wonders. Sir Alec and his wife were able to take time off for a visit to the Pyramids. The Director of the Egyptian Museum gave them a guided tour. Sir Alec' schedule also included a banquet and a meeting with Egyptian President Answer Sad Sir Ale has reassured his hosts that his country is sticking by the British-drafted Security Council resolution of November 1967 -- the resolution calling for the withdrawal of Israeli force from occupied territory. he appealed for patience, reminding the Egyptians that Berlin settlement had once seemed unattainable, but had subsequently been achieved. Though the Egyptians are disillusioned by a recent standstill in the American peace initiative in the Middle East, Sir Alec has stated the British belief that American efforts to bring the two sides together should not be written off.