The United States' Secretary of State, William Rogers, on Monday (17 May) had a meeting with United Nations' Secretary General U Thant and peace envoy Dr Gunnar Jarring at the United Nations.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 6): ROGERS: "We are of course going to continue the discussions we've been having with the governments concerned, particularly in connection with the interim settlement dealing with the Suez Canal. And we are going to continue discussions we've had with the Secretary General and Ambassador Jarring, because the objective is a final peace agreement among the parties. We've had a very useful exchange with the Secretary General and Ambassador Jarring. We gave them some of the impressions we had of the trip. We indicated that we are some-what encouraged as a result of the trip -- that it is possible that an interim settlement might be reached - not, certainly, immediately - but some time in the future."
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Background: The United States' Secretary of State, William Rogers, on Monday (17 May) had a meeting with United Nations' Secretary General U Thant and peace envoy Dr Gunnar Jarring at the United Nations. The purpose of the meeting was for Mr Rogers to brief the two men on his recent Middle East tour aimed at promoting an agreement to reopen the Suez Canal. Following the meeting, mr Rogers said that he thought that an interim Middle East settlement on the Suez Canal might be reached "not immediately, but some time in the future".
Asked if he foresaw the possibility of direct negotiations between the parties involved, he said that Ambassador Jarring would have to consider that. The Secretary of State said that everywhere he travelled in the Middle East, he had been impressed by the great confidence everyone had in Dr Jarring. Accompanying Mr Rogers at the Monday meeting was Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco, who had returned last week from Cairo and meetings with President Anwar Sadat.
Mr Rogers commented after he left the hour and a half meeting.