President Anwar Sadat of Egypt met his closest advisers on Saturday night (25 March) to consider the future of his bid for Arab-Israeli peace.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt met his closest advisers on Saturday night (25 March) to consider the future of his bid for Arab-Israeli peace. Mr. Sadat and the Egyptian National Security Council, his top policy-making group, discussed the implications of the abortive Washington talks last week between Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Begin, and President Carter.
SYNOPSIS: Before the meeting at the Abdine Palace in Cairo, President Sadat held a briefing session with the U.S. Ambassador, Hermann Elits, on Mr. Begin's visit to Washington.
At the Security Council meeting, Mr. Sadat told his advisers that Mr. Elits was unaware of any new American proposals to Egypt to help resolve the deadlock in peace negotiations. He also conveyed the message that there were no immediate plans for U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance or for roving Middle East envoy Alfred Atherton, to visit the area. The Official Middle East News Agency reported Egypt was prepared, in principle, to continue peace talks with Israel. The reports said Egypt welcomed good neighbourly relations, once Israel withdrew from the occupied territories and recognised Palestinian rights. The reports said the meeting welcomed the U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to withdrew from Southern Lebanon.