French Foreign Minister, Lous de Guiringaud, arrived in Cairo on Monday (21 February) for talks Middle East peace prospects and other bilateral issues.
French Foreign Minister, Lous de Guiringaud, arrived in Cairo on Monday (21 February) for talks Middle East peace prospects and other bilateral issues. The visit was the last of M. Guiringaud's four nation Arab tour.
SYNOPSIS: The French foreign minister was greeted at the airport by the French Ambassador to Egypt, M. Georges Senard and the Chief Protocol of the Foreign Ministry, M. Said Hamza. M. Guiringaud has already visited Lebanon, Syria and Jordan to discuss the role France and other west European countries can play in reaching a Middle East peace settlement. Egypt said it would welcome French participation at a resumed Geneva Peace conference.
Shortly after arriving M. Guiringaud met the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi and other leading Egyptian officials at the Foreign Ministry. During the meeting Mr Fahmi and his French counterpart exchanged views on the Middle East.
The French foreign minister told Mr Fahmi that the Palestinian issue was the crux of the Middle East problem. Arab countries want the PLO fully represented at a resumed peace conference, while Israel, and the United States, reject the idea of separate participation. M. Guiringaud is also due to meet President Sadat before leaving for PARIS.