Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi held talks on Monday (10 October) with France's President Giscard d'Estaing.
GV: Elysee Palace in Paris, France. (2 shots)
SV: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi leaving palace and stops to answer reporters' questions.
SV: Fahmi gets into car and is driven away through Palace courtyard and out of archway.
FAHMI:"You expect me to tell you what I told President Giscard d'Estaing?"
REPORTER:"More or less".
FAHMI:"More or less?...what happened is, as you know, there are constant contacts and exchange of information, consultations between President Sadat and President Giscard d'Estaing and between the Foreign Minister and myself, and this is an established practice. So my visit today to see President Giscard d'Estaing is to give him enough information of what's happened in my talks in Washington and about the prospects in the future. Thank you."
REPORTERS: "The Geneva talks? When will it be, in your opinion?"
FAHMI:"It is not settled yet."
Diplomatic sources are reported to believe that the Geneva talks may produce an agreement of 'non-belligerence' between Israel and Egypt. The Egyptian Vice-President has said that Egypt will use all possible efforts to find a peaceful solution and that the use of force would occur only after all possible diplomatic manoeuvres were exhausted. Meanwhile Israeli Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan has outlined (on 10 October) a four point plan for a Middle East peace treaty, which includes a demand for continued Israeli control of the West Bank of the River Jordan.
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Background: Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi held talks on Monday (10 October) with France's President Giscard d'Estaing. He had flown to Paris after discussions with United States' President Carter and Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. The Paris meeting came as moves for a resumption of talks to solve the Middle East problem have been showing signs of success. Diplomatic observers are reported now to be conf??? that the Geneva peace talks will begin late this year, probably in December. Before meeting President Giscard, Mr Fahmi held talks with France's Foreign Minister, but no official statement has followed either meeting.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Fahmi brought with him to the Elysee Palace word of Egypt's position now following his Washington talks and also an "important message from President Sadat. After his talks with the President, Mr Fahmi spoke to reporters.
But while the date for the Geneva talks is not yet settled, Egypt has declared its determination to support moves for peace in the Middle East through the Geneva peace conference.