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    Britain's Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen has returned home after his first of the Middle?

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    Britain's Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen has returned home after his first of the Middle East. His last stop was Damascus where he heard what was described as Syria's cautiously optimistic views on the prospects for peace in the region. It's reported that while there he has a three hour meeting with the Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel Halim Khaddam during which they disagreed on whether Israel was interested in a settlement.

    SYNOPSIS: After the meeting the Syrian Foreign Minister flew to Cairo for talks with President Sadat at the President's home at Barrage. Mr. Khaddam had also recently been to Moscow and Washington and the resultant Syrian view on the Middle East in the light of Dr. Owen's visit to Damascus was expected to be high on the agenda of talks between the two men.

    At a news conference after talks with President Assad of Syria, Dr. Owen said there was now a rare combination of events and leaders working for a peaceful settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He said it would be a great tragedy not to seize such an opportunity.

    Dr. Owen said he has also raised the subject of demilitarised Zones with Mr. demilitarised zones with Mr. Khaddam. On the same day as his meeting with Mr. Khaddam President Sadat received his Vice President, Hosni Mubarak, On his return from a two day visit to Yugoslavia and talks with the veteran Communist leader President Tito.

    Present at the meeting were the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mamdouh Salem, and Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmy. It's reported that Mr. Mubarak briefed President Tito about Cairo's worries concerning relations between some African countries.

    It's reported that Cairo is worried that relations between Sudan, Ethiopia and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah, which have worsened recently, could have a negative effect on the Middle East situation. Cairo wants such countries to solve their problems and disputes within the Non-Aligned Movement and stressed the need for greater unity and solidarity between non aligned countries. Yugoslavia a European Communist country, is a leader of the Non-Aligned Movement with its original and continued independence from the Soviet bloc. It has good relations with Libya, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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