Both the Israeli and Egyptian cabinets have approved the proposed Middle East peace treaty hammered out during six days of intensive negotiations spearheaded by United States President Jimmy Carter.
Both the Israeli and Egyptian cabinets have approved the proposed Middle East peace treaty hammered out during six days of intensive negotiations spearheaded by United States President Jimmy Carter. When he announced the Egyptian cabinet's endorsement of the package on Thursday (15 March) Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil said approval was unanimous. According to Reuters news agency, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minster Menachem Begin are expected to fly to Washington for the first of a series of signing ceremonies next week, but in the meantime their respective Defence Ministers are conferring in Washington to finalise plans for Israeli troops withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula. Before he left Jerusalem Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman spoke about a "new era" facing both countries -- and in Cairo on Thursday President Sadat paid tribute to President Carter. However, in sharp contrast to the israeli and Egyptian mood, at the United Nations the Palestine Liberation Organisation observer Zehdi Terzie was critical of the whole peace making process. The reporter summing up financial aspects of the settlement is NBC's John Hart.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian cabinet took a close look at the strategic planning involved in the Israeli withdrawal from Sinai. The five hour meeting ended with not only the endorsement of the treaty, but also of a letter linking the future of the pact with the future of the Palestinians. Prime Minister Khalil said Egypt had prepared secret contingency plans to deal with any possible retaliation from Arab states opposed to the treaty. later president Sadat spoke of his feelings towards Jimmy Carter.
But at the United nations Mr. Terzie expressed an opposite point of view.