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.
SV EXTERIOR Barrage Rest House, Cairo
SV PAN Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, entering room and greeted by United States Senator, Robert Byrd
SV Sadat seated with Byrd
SV PAN Byrd entering building in Jerusalem
SV Byrd greeting Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin
SV PAN Byrd approaching microphones before speech
CU Byrd speaking
BYRD: "I'm here today as an emissary of the President of the United States and as the majority leader of the United States Senate. I am convinced and encouraged by my discussions with Prime Minister Begin that he is dedicated to pursue and to complete the work which has been so courageously begun."
The official Middle East News Agency (MENA) announced on Friday (1 December) that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat will not go to Oslo on the tenth of December to receive the Nobel Pease Prize he was jointly awarded with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The report, which officials could not immediately confirm, appeared to indicate that Mr. Sadat did not expect a major breakthrough in the Egyptian-Israeli peace talks in the next week.
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Background: 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.