The Israeli Prime Minister Mr Begin and President Sadat of Egypt have begun another round of talks in their efforts to overcome the remaining barriers between them.
The Israeli Prime Minister Mr Begin and President Sadat of Egypt have begun another round of talks in their efforts to overcome the remaining barriers between them. Mr Begin began his visit at a military airfield near Alexandria.
SYNOPSIS: It was a low-key welcome with no speeches, and Mr Begin was accompanied by only a few close aides when he was met by the Egyptian Vice President Mr Hosni Mubarak. The goose-stepping Egyptian Guard of Honour wore their new-style uniforms complete with coal-scuttle type helmets. It is Mr Begin's second official visit to Egypt since the peace treaty was signed last march, but there still remain some unresolved issues.
There is no set agenda for the talks: officials say Mr Begin and Mr Sadat planned to make a calm appraisal of all the remaining issues. President Sadat is reported to be interested in faster progress on the question of self-rule for the Palestinians on the West Bank and the Gaza strip.
The low-key tone of the arrival was further illustrated when the motorcade passed no welcoming crowds, although Mr Begin was later cheered by a large crowd after visiting Alexandria's synagogue. He is reported to be disappointed at the slow progress being made towards restoring normal relations between the two countries. Israeli officials said they hoped for trade-offs or concessions at the talks.