After two months of delay Egyptian and israeli ministers resumed their peace talks in Cairo on Tuesday 99 September) and later announced they had constructive discussions on the strengthening of relations.
SV INTERIOR Israeli delegation arriving at Foreign Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, with Egyptian delegates.
SV PAN Egyptian delegates.
SV PAN ALONG Israeli delegation.
LV Egyptian and Israeli delegations seated at table, and woman taking photograph. (2 SHOTS)
SV Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Yitzhak Shamir walking to microphone with Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Boutros-Ghali.
SV Israeli Foreign Minister Shamir speaking in English.
SV Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Boutros-Ghali speaking in English.
SHAMIR "Well ladies and gentlemen we had very good talks and very interesting discussions with Dr. Boutros-Ghali and I invited the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs to visit Israel in the near future to continue our discussions."
BOUTROS-GHALI: "We will answer no questions. I just want to say that our talks were positive and constructive. They were dealing with the relation, the bilateral relation between Egypt and Israel and the different aspects of the process of normalisation. And we will publish a joint communique tomorrow after Mr. Shamir has visited President Sadat in Alexandria. Thank you, no comment."
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Background: After two months of delay Egyptian and israeli ministers resumed their peace talks in Cairo on Tuesday 99 September) and later announced they had constructive discussions on the strengthening of relations. It was the first official visit to Egypt by an israeli minister since disagreement on the status of Jerusalem and disrupted the peace process in July.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli and Egyptian delegations spent nearly three hours discussing the build-up of bilateral relations, particularly commerce. israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Yitzhak Shamir, spoke with Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Boutros-Ghali, in private while small teams of experts discussed specific steps to build on. But the discussions apparently skirted away from the major issue dividing the two sides -- a resumption of the negotiations on Palestinian autonomy. While Mr. Shamir was in Cairo President Sadat was holding talks in Alexandria with the israeli opposition leader, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin - describing him as his friend and praising him for helping to achieve the 1974 disengagement treaty. When the Cairo meeting had finished Dr. Boutros-Ghali and Mr. Shamir spoke to reporters.