The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr Menachem Begin, has returned to Israel after a three-day visit to Egypt, which included his ninth summit meeting with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
SV EXTERIOR: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat speaking, with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin standing beside him
SV: Mr Begin speaking in English
SADAT: "All this is regulated in the Camp David agreement. So you heard me say that....we are reading every word of it..."
BEGIN: I believe, my friends that the very idea of full autonomy for our neighbours, the Palestinian Arabs in Judea, Sumaria and the Gaza district is a novelty. It did not exist before, and this is the encouragement. We must be patient. I believe in trying to understand that there is a real change, that we can live together in peace, in human dignity, and civility as we wish. We do hope that we shall reach an agreement, and I believe that both sides showed goodwill already, and we will do so also in the future.
Mr Begin said that joint flights between Cairo and Tel Aviv, by both El Al and Egyptair, would begin on 26 January. The Times of London said this arrangement would add to Egyptair's troubles in operating elsewhere, and that the summit itself would further isolate Egypt in the Arab world.
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Background: The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr Menachem Begin, has returned to Israel after a three-day visit to Egypt, which included his ninth summit meeting with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The two leaders were unable to reach agreement on the main issues outstanding in their quest for peace in the Middle East. They made no progress in bridging the wide difference over Palestinian autonomy and the future status of East Jerusalem. The autonomy question is stalled by Israel's insistence that Arabs in the Jordan West Bank and Gaza should be allowed only severely limited self-rule. Just before he left Aswan, Prime Minister Begin said there had to be patience about autonomy, which he described as a 'novelty'. Much of the time the two leaders spent in Aswan was devoted to discussing the implications of the Iranian revolution and of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. President Sadat bade farewell to Mr Begin at the airport.