An American special envoy, Mr. Alfred Atherton, arrived in Egypt on Friday (21 April) for?
An American special envoy, Mr. Alfred Atherton, arrived in Egypt on Friday (21 April) for talks with Egyptian government leaders on further moves toward peace in the Middle East. Mr. Atherton shuttled between Egypt and Israel oast month in an attempt to obtain an agreement on a draft declaration of principles for a Middle East settlement, but returned to Washington without success. Mr. Atherton was due to see President Sadat in Hurghada, a fishing village on the Red Sea.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat has spent several days in Hurghada. On Wednesday (19 April) his War Minister, General Gamassi, joined him to receive another American delegation, from the U.S. War College. President Sadat met the War College delegation as Egyptian newspapers urged him to drop his peace initiative. But he still spoke to the Americans about his hopes for peace.
President Sadat's week in Hurghada has given the small fishing port some unusual excitement. But not all Egyptians are proving as friendly as the people of Hurghada. One of the country's most influential political commentators, and a confidant of President Sadat himself, has urged an abandonment of the peace initiative. Mr. Mohammed Hassanein Heykal, former editor of the semi-official Al Akhram, wrote in a left-wing weekly that the initiative had failed, and that the Israelis wanted to establish a Zionist empire. But, as President Sadat christened fishing boats and watched country dancers, he gave no sign that he was prepared to abandon his attempt to establish peace between Israel and the Arab world. He insists, though, that a settlement must include the recognition by Israel of Palestinian self-determination, and Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories.