The U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday (22?
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DR. KISSINGER. "We have had every reason to believe that success in the negotiations would mark a major step towards ending the oil embargo. We would therefore think that failure to end the embargo in a reasonable time would be highly inappropriate and would raise serious questions of confidence in our mind with respect to the Arab nations with whom we have carried on this issue. With respect to Syria and Israel - on the - occasion of my visit to Syria the Syrian government put forward some ideas with respect to the disengagement of forces on the Syrian front. It is the first time that the Syrian government put forward concrete suggestions on any phase of the negotiations. We have transmitted those ideas to the government which is now studying them."
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Background: The U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday (22 January) that he expected full Arab oil shipments to the United States to be resumed shortly.
He said he hoped supplies would begin again before Israeli and Egyptian forces had completed their withdrawal from Sinai. The troop disengagements have already begun, and are scheduled to take forty days.
Dr. Kissinger also spoke about the possibility of withdrawals on the Syrian front.
Part of Dr. Kissinger's statement appears on film. A transcript follows: