The United States special envoy Sol Linowitz, said on Thursday (4 September) that very considerable progress had been made in reviving the Middle East peace process.
GV Egyptian and American officials walk with U.S. Envoy, Mr Linowitz towards open air rostrum to meet Mr Anwar Sadat, Egyptian President
SV Sadat and Linowitz embracing on meeting
GV Audience seated at open air news conference with official at front table (3 shots)
SV INTERIOR Mr Linowitz and Mr Sadat seated during discussions at Presidential residence (3 shots)
SV EXTERIOR Linowitz making speech to press after discussions. Speech in English
LINOWITZ: "Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of President Sadat and Prime Minister, Begin, I'm authorised to make the following statement. First, both parties are agreed that they are and remain firmly committed to the Camp. David accord and process and are convinced that they offer the only viable path towards comprehensive peace in the Middle East. Both are determined to see the process through to a successful conclusion regardless of temporary difficulties that may arise along the way. Second, the parties recognise that for the negotiations to succeed they must rest on a firm foundation of mutual trust and friendship and they under-take to strengthen that foundation in the coming weeks."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The United States special envoy Sol Linowitz, said on Thursday (4 September) that very considerable progress had been made in reviving the Middle East peace process. He made the comments before leaving for home after his missions to Israel and Egypt. Mr Linowitz had, the day before, secured Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's agreement to resume consultations with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: U.S. Envoy and his visiting team of government officials arrived in the Egyptian city of Alexandria following three days of negotiations in Israel.
Mr Linowitz had a 50-minute meeting with President Sadat and said later that the two Middle east countries had agreed to re-open their negotiations and participate in a three-way summit with the United States.
The Americans are hoping that the talks can begin within a matter of weeks although senior Egyptian officials suggested that it could take longer.
the starting date for the talks was one matter given close attention during the meeting with Mr Sadat. He and mr Linowitz also agreed that the three-party discussions would be a mixture of negotiations on Palestinian autonomy and preparations for another Camp David-style Summit. Afterwards, Mr Linowitz spoke to reporters.