The visit by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem may have set the scene for an early resumption of the Geneva Middle East peace talks.
EXTERIOR MV Acting Egyptian Foreign Minister Dr. Butros Ghali gets out of car and enters Foreign Ministry in Cairo.
INTERIOR MV Ambassadors standing around talking. (2 shots)
MV Ambassadors led by Dr. Ghali enter conference room.
MV Ambassadors seated at table talking. (3 shots)
MV Dr. Ghali making statement in English to news media.
GHALI: "Our discussion was very frank and I explained to them that the main basis of our policy is to give the commodity to the solution of Palestinian problem. That we refuse any kind of separated peace, that we have explained this to the Israelis in Jerusalem, that we believe that Arab solidarity is essential for this part of the world, that there will be no solution unless we can preserve this solidarity, no solution at a different level. And I believe that all my friends, ambassadors, after the discussion, have been persuaded that Egypt had not changed the basis aim..that if there is a change there is a revolution in the new diplomatic approach which is based on direct contacts after certain words of indirect contacts."
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Background: The visit by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem may have set the scene for an early resumption of the Geneva Middle East peace talks. The Middle East News Agency has reported that Israel was expected to announces its agreement to the presence of Palestinian Liberation Organisation supporters in a unified Arab delegation at Geneva. in a report on Thursday (24 November) the agency also said the conference would be reconvened next month. however, on the previous day, Egypt's acting Foreign Minister denied that a date for the conference had been finalised. Dr. Butros Ghali was speaking after a meeting in Cairo with Arab and African Ambassadors.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Ghali, seen arriving at Egypt's Foreign Ministry offices, had called Wednesday's meeting to brief the ambassadors on last weekend's summit talks in Jerusalem. Arab and Palestinian opposition to President Sadat has been mounting, and Reuters News Agency reported that Cairo was pursuing its diplomatic offensive to canvas support for the President's peace mission. The next day Dr. Ghali was to confer on the same topic with West European and Asian ambassadors.
But the Syrian, Libyan and PLO representatives had boycotted this meeting, and didn't attend. The Yugoslav newspaper "Borba", quoting a so-called "high Egyptian source", has said the Geneva talks would be held on December 21. Dr. Ghali denied that any date had been confirmed at the meeting, but told reporters he had reiterated Egypt's stand on the Palestinian issue.