In an effort to speed up peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel, President Carter of the United States has dispatched a personal emissary to the United States.
In an effort to speed up peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel, President Carter of the United States has dispatched a personal emissary to the United States. Senator Robert Byrd held talks with Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, in Cairo on Wednesday (29 December) before flying to Jerusalem to meet Israeli Prime Minister, Menechem Begin, on Thursday (30 November). Mr. Byrd delivered special messages to each leader from the American President. President Carter is still aiming to have a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel signed by the 17th of December -- the target date set at the Camp David Summit.
SYNOPSIS: The Barrage Rest House in Cairo was the scene of ninety minute meeting between President Sadat and Senator Robert Byrd. Mr. Byrd later told reporters that President Sadat had given him a candid and detailed expression of his views on the Egyptian-Israeli peace talks. He said he was confident that the Egyptian President would spare no effort to work for a just and durable peace.
Mr. Byrd arrived in Jerusalem later to confer with Israeli leaders on ways of re-staring the stalled talks. He met Prime Minister, Menachem Begin soon after hi arrival and also held talks with Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan. Mr. Byrd said that the United States disagreed with the Israeli attitude that no further peace negotiations with Egypt are necessary. But, once again he expressed his optimism about he peace negotiations.