Italy has agreed in principle to support an Egyptian proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
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Background: Italy has agreed in principle to support an Egyptian proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state. Government leaders agreed to the proposal on the first day of talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Rome on Tuesday (6 April).
President Sadat arrived in Rome on Monday (5 April) after visiting Paris where he had talks with the French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
President Sadat told the Italian President, Giovanni Leone, that he wanted the resumption of the Middle East Peace Conference in Geneva, Switzerland as soon as possible after the United States Presidential elections in November. He said he wanted a Palestinian delegation to take part.
President Sadat said he considered that the "step by step" Middle East policy of the United States Secretary of State, Dr., Henry Kissinger was finished and a solution to the region's troubles must now be sought at the conference table in Geneva.
The Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, also emphasised the need to restart the Geneva negotiations. Signor Moro said that any Middle East peace agreement must be based on the recognition of the rights of the Palestinians to have their own homeland.
During the talks the Italian Government also agreed to grant Egypt a 40,000,000 U.S. dollar (20,000,000 sterling) credit for projects in the Suez Canal zone in which Italian firms will participate.
Before flying to Vienna on Friday (9 April President Sadat will have talks with Italian industrialists and meet the Pope at the Vatican.
SYNOPSIS: The Quirinale Palace in Rome where visiting Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat (on the left) achieved a major breakthrough in his talks on the Middle East with the Italian President, Giovanni Leone on Tuesday.
The Egyptian President won Italian support for the proposed establishment of a Palestinian state as the basis of any peace agreement covering the Middle East. President Sadat told President Leone that he wanted the resumption of the Middle East Peace Conference possible after the United States Presidential elections in November -- and with a Palestinian delegation taking part.
President Sadat also had talks with Italian Prime Minister, Aldo Moro, who also emphasised the need to re-start the Geneva negotiations. Italy also agreed to provide Egypt with major credits for industrial projects. Before leaving for Vienna on Friday, President Sadat will meet the Pope.