American-Arab talks in Washington yesterday widened into a full-scale diplomatic drive to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations.
SV and SCU Kissinger and Sakkaf shaking hands, talking (3 shots)
SV Kissinger walks to door with Sakkaf and delegates ... ministers embrace (2 shots)
SV and CU Kissinger with Yamani (2 shots)
CU Saban Yamani speaks
SV Pan Yamani and delegation leave
SV Kissinger with Fahmy (2 shots)
Ismail Fahmy speaks
MR. YAMANI: "We cannot talk about one part of the question. It is a general problem so we wait and see, and as I said, Dr. Kissinger is doing his best to get to a certain settlement. And I am optimistic..."
ISMAIL FAHMY: "As usual our meetings were very frank and very constructive. And I think that we are on the right road to achieve very constructive steps." (REPORTER) "Could you tell me what do you mean by constructive?"
FAHMY: "Constructive so far as peace is concerned."
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Background: 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.