Following his latest round of talks with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, the United Sates Secretary of State, Dr.
Following his latest round of talks with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, the United Sates Secretary of State, Dr. Henary Kissinger, said that their discussions had been "constructive and fruitful". They had passed the stage of examining general principles for resolving the Middle East situation, to examining concrete ideas.
Dr. Kissinger was speaking to newsmen on Thursday night (13 March), after his latest session of talks with President Sadat at the President's villa overlooking the Nile at Aswan. Both he and President Sadat appeared smiling and relaxed at their meeting with reporters.
Earlier, Dr. Kissinger had said that be believed that progress was being made towards a settlement, but at the news conference he declined to say how long he expected the current negotiations to last. He said he would be flying to Israel the following day (Friday) to report the ideas that had been raised at the Aswan discussions.
President Sadat reaffirmed that Egypt wanted the returning of the strategic Giddi and Mitla passes in the Sinai, as well as the Abu Rudie oilfields, as part of an agreement with Israel. When asked if he was more optimistic of an agreement, he replied that he was "still optimistic".
Before the talks on Thursday evening, Dr. Kissinger had taken time off to tour the ancient Philae temples nearby, which have been threatened by the rising waters of the Nile above the old Aswan dam. He was dressed casually and showed no signs of fatigue after more than a week of jet plane diplomacy.