United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger flew into Alexandria, Egypt, on tuesday (30?
United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger flew into Alexandria, Egypt, on tuesday (30 April) to discuss his Israeli-Syrian peace plans with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
Dr. Kissinger brought about a disengagement on the egyptian-Israeli front in January but observers said he was expecting more difficulty negotiating an Israeli-Syrian disengagement.
Dr. and Mrs. Kissinger received a friendly welcome after landing by helicopter at President Sadat's seaside villa at Mammoura, a suburb of Alexandria.
On Wednesday, in between meetings with Dr. Kissinger, President Sadat told a May Day workers' rally near Cairo that the Arabs had succeeded in changing American policy towards the Middle East. President Sadata said the United States attitude had changed from recklessness to a serious search for a settlement. Observers interpreted the remarks as an assurance to Syria that Dr. Kissinger could be trusted.
Senior United States officials said Dr. Kissinger's hopes of a settlement were slightly raised by his recent talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Algerian president Houari Boumedienne.
The Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram said that in his coming visits to Jerusalem and the Syrian capital Damascus, Dr. Kissinger's proposals will include Israeli withdrawal from 325 square miles (867 sq. Kms.) of Syrian territory captured in the October war and the repatriation of the Israeli prisoners of war held in Syria.