The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, left Damascus on Friday (11 October)?
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GV Dr Kissinger with syrian Foreign Minister Khaddam and party at Damascus airport. Kissinger walks to microphone and speaks............. and party walk to aircraft.
KISSINGER: I just want to express my appreciation to the President and the Foreign Minister for receiving men on a fast day. We had a session this afternoon and a longer session this evening. We reviewed bilateral elation between Syria and the Untied States, which are improving rapidly. And we also reviewed the prospects for peace in the Middle East in an overall perspective and we had very good, very constructive talks in a friendly atmosphere. Thank You."
REPORTER: "Are the prospects for peace in the Middle East also improving rapidly Mr. Secretary?"
KISSINGER: "I am always encouraged."
REPORTER: "Are you coming back Mr. Secretary?"
KISSINGER: "I plan to come back on Monday for a few hours."
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, left Damascus on Friday (11 October) after a none-day visit during which he held talks with Syrian leaders.
Speaking to newsmen before his departure, he said that during his discussions with President Hafez Al-Assad and Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam bilateral relations between the United States and Syria had been reviewed.
Asked whether prospects for Middle East peace were good, Dr. Kissinger replied:
"I am always encouraged."
He also confirmed that he would return to Damascus on Monday (14 October) after visiting Jordan and Israel over the weekend.
The Syrian Government issued a brief statement on the talks saying that President Assad and Dr. Kissinger had reviewed "The current situation in the region and Syria's viewpoint towards this, as well as the United Sates position."
Coverage includes a statement by Dr. Kissigner. A transcript follows: