American-Arab talks in Washington yesterday widened into a full-scale diplomatic drive to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations.
American-Arab talks in Washington yesterday widened into a full-scale diplomatic drive to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations. The foreign ministers of Egypt and Saudi Arabia met with American Secretary of State, Henry kissinger, Sunday (February 17). Dr. Kissinger also met in quick succession with Israeli ambassador, Simcha Dinitz, and Mr. Sabah Yamani, the ranking Syrian diplomat in Washington.
Everyone concerned remained secretive about the substance of the talks except to say that they are hopeful the discussions will lead to peace. They are apparently centring on gaining a disengagement of Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan heights and ending the Arab oil embargo. A troop pullback is a necessary preliminary to any relaxation of the oil ban.
Dr. Kissinger met with Egyptian foreign minister Ismail Fahmy and Saudi Arabian Foreign minister Omar Sakkaf again on Monday (February 18). And, as the diplomatic manoeuvring intensified, there were reports that the two Arab envoys would visit President Richard Nixon. But the White House said no appointments had been made.
Later reporters spoke to Mr. Yamani and Mr. Fahmy.