In Washington, Israel and the United States have begun a fresh round of Middle East peace talks, with each side saying it was waiting to hear the other's proposals for breaking the impasse in negotiations.
SV: Moshe Dayan and officials sitting down at press conference in Tel Aviv
SV: Dayan speaking
SV: Dayan stepping out of car in Washington, and being greeted by American officials.
SV: Dayan walking into hall, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Samuel Lewis introduces him to newsmen, and Dayan speaks.
DAYAN:"We are going to Washington to try to find out the real Egyptian and American approach and plans to what should take place in Judea, Somalia, (INDISTINCT) and the Sinai, and not so much to agree about words here and there."
LEWIS:"The Secretary was detained upstairs, so he wanted me to say we've had some very useful talks, and that we'll continue with them tomorrow morning."
DAYAN:"Yes...and what we discussed was negotiation for the peace agreement between us and Egypt and the peace process, and what can be done about it. This was the only subject, and we haven't finished with it; we shall go on with it tomorrow morning."
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Background: In Washington, Israel and the United States have begun a fresh round of Middle East peace talks, with each side saying it was waiting to hear the other's proposals for breaking the impasse in negotiations. Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan met the U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance at the start of two days of talks on Wednesday (26 April), to prepare for a visit next week by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Dayan spoke to reporters in Israel before he left for Washington.
Mr. Dayan's arrival in Washington coincided with the disclosure that the Carter administration had decided to defer by two days the formal submission to Congress of its controversial warplane sales for Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
After his first round of talks, Mr. Dayan was reluctant to give details of the discussions. He was introduced to waiting newsmen by the American Ambassador to Israel, Samuel Lewis.