The U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, flew from the Syrian capital, Damascus, to?
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A transcript of part of Dr. Kissinger's statement follows:
DR. KISSINGER: "I have just been away for five weeks which is really an extraordinary length of time. I have come here from Damascus where I believe we made good progress on some of Israel's most crucial concerns. I would now like to go to Jerusalem and talk to the Prime Minister and she will say there, of course, whatever is appropriate."
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Background: The U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, flew from the Syrian capital, Damascus, to Israel on Wednesday (27 February) with a list of Israeli prisoners held by the Syrians.
The list -- reportedly given to Dr. Kissinger by Syria's President Hafez al-Assad -- was considered a major step towards bringing about peace between Israel and Syria.
Israel had insisted on obtaining the names of its soldiers captured during the October war last year, before talking with the Syrians about the disengagement of forces along the Golan Heights front.
Dr. Kissinger arrived in Damascus from London the previous evening and had seven hours of talks with President Assad at the Presidential Palace about the troops disengagement question.
Dr. Kissinger was greeted on his arrival in Tel Aviv by the Israeli Foreign Minister, Aba Eban, who was to accompany Dr. Kissinger to Jerusalem for talks with Prime Minister Golda Meir.
The U.S. Secretary of State said he had made some good progress in Damascus on "some of Israel's most crucial concerns." He said he hoped any arranged talks between Israel and Syria would be held in friendship and confidence and with the same success as the disengagement talks between Israel and Egypt.