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Background: In Cairo, the United States Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, talked for a total of six and a half hours on Wednesday (5 May) with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad and Prime Minister Mahmoud Fawzy.
Mr. Rogers, in the United Arab Republic on the fourth leg of his Middle East tour, had already held an hour-long preliminary discussion with Mr. Riad on Tuesday (4 May). Egypt has offered to reopen the Suez Canal as "a procedural move linked to a full settlement", but insists that its troops must cross the canal before any clearance operations.
No official details were released of Wednesday's talks, although an Egyptian spokesman said afterwards that the fact that the talks had taken place at all was definitely a contribution towards reaching a settlement. But he added that there was still a long way to go.
SYNOPSIS: The United States Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, in Cairo on the fourth leg of his Middle East tour, on Wednesday held a series of talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mr. Mahmoud Riad. Mr. Rogers and his Egyptian counterpart had already held preliminary discussions on Tuesday evening.
No official details of the talks, totalling some six and a half hours, were released. But it is believed that no concrete proposals were submitted by the United States delegation, which is attempting to unfreeze the present stalemate in peace moves under Doctor Jarring, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East.
An American State Department official later said there had been an active exchange of views on the elements required for an overall peace settlement between Egypt and Israel, as well as the possibility of reopening the Suez Canal.
Later, at the Egyptian Cabinet Ministers' building, Mr. Rogers met with Mr. Riad and the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mr. Mahmoud Fawzy. Questions relating to the evacuation of occupied Sinai were discussed but there was no specific reference to withdrawal lines or maps during the talks.
A spokesman for the State Department told newsmen later that there was no question of the United States putting up proposals and then getting the Egyptians and Israelis to agree to them. He said the talks hoped to try and achieve progress towards peace.