The United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, stood on the lawn of the?
The United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, stood on the lawn of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Friday (March 1) and watched the Stars and Stripes being hoisted for the first time since June 1967, after a seven year beak in diplomatic relations between Egypt and the U.S.A. The day before, Dr. Kissinger's Peacemaking role in the Middle East had brought him to Cairo for high-level talks with Egypt's President Sadat. Afterwards, President Sadat announced that Egypt and the United States were to restore diplomatic relations. He also invited President Nixon to visit Cairo.
During the formal opening ceremony Dr. Kissinger thanked Spain for looking after America's interest in Egypt since 1967. He told Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmy, who also attended the ceremony, that "the United States will work with Egypt on the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and on the progress and stability of the area." The two countries had agreed in principle to restore diplomatic relations last November but Egypt had made the move conditional on American assistance in bringing peace in the Middle East.