The Middle East -- on Monday (13 November) Egypt announced that it was recalling its acting Foreign Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali from the stalled Washington peace treaty talks with Israel.
The Middle East -- on Monday (13 November) Egypt announced that it was recalling its acting Foreign Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali from the stalled Washington peace treaty talks with Israel. The announcement said he was returning home for consultations,but emphasised that the negotiations were not being suspended. The talks have run into problems over Israel's refusal to link the proposed treaty to withdrawal from the West Bank of the river Jordan and the Gaza strip.
SYNOPSIS: As the news of the latest setback in the peace negotiations broke Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was holding talks with Vice-President Hosni Mubarek and Prime Minister Moustapha Khalil in Ismailia. Earlier, sources close to President Sadat had said he had decided to suspend the talks and recall his delegation, but this was later denied by the official news agency, Mena.
President Sadat also conferred with United States Ambassador to Egypt Herman Eilts. Mena says he gave the ambassador a full explanation of Egyptian views on the linkage issue. The agency said this was "in implementation of the Camp David accords callIng for a comprehensive agreement rather than a separate settlement between Egypt and Israel".
Also on Monday Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrived home after a visit to the United States and Canada. Before leaving he had been presented with a compromise suggestion to overcome the problem by U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. At Tel Aviv airport he spoke to newsmen.