INTRODUCTION: French Foreign Minister Louis De Guiringaud, held his second day of talks with Egyptian leaders in Cairo on Tuesday (22 February).
GV PAN FROM Street TO Arab League Building.
CU INTERIOR Guiringaud enters room and is greeted by Riad PAN TO injured right arm and up again to two men talking and two men walk to seats and sit down.
GV EXTERIOR Sadat's house.
SV INTERIOR Sadat greets Guiringaud and French delegates.
SV Sadat introduces Vice-President Moubarek and other Egyptian officials.
SV AND CU Sadat and Guiringaud seated talking. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: French Foreign Minister Louis De Guiringaud, held his second day of talks with Egyptian leaders in Cairo on Tuesday (22 February). The previous day his Egyptian counterpart, Ismail Fahmi, had invited France to join in any resumed Middle East peace conference in Geneva and M. Guiringaud had said France would be interested in doing so if invited.
SYNOPSIS: On the final day of his four nation Arab tour, which had taken him to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, M. Guiringaud went to Arab League headquarters in Cairo to meet Arab League Secretary General, Mahmoud Riad, who is nursing a sprained wrist. The French foreign minister is the fourth western diplomat to visit the Middle East for discussions on the resumption of the Geneva peace talks, which were postponed in 1973. United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, West German Foreign Minister Hans Genscher and new United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance have also held discussions recently with Middle East leaders.
M. Guiringaud's last stop was at the residence of President Anwar Sadat. The Egyptian President has proposed a joint Jordanian-Palestinian delegation as a compromise in order to get the conference re-started because the United States and Israel have been refusing to negotiate with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the main Palestinian nationalist group. The President praised France as a pioneer among western European countries in its efforts to help towards a peaceful settlement in the Middle East.
M. Guiringaud reiterated the French position -- full Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories, the right of the Palestinians to a homeland, and the right of all states in the area to exist within secure and guaranteed frontiers. The French foreign minister returned to Paris later on Tuesday (22 February).