Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, speaking as Middle East peace efforts appeared to be slowly regaining momentum, said in Cairo on Wednesday (25 January) that he had exchanged messages with United States President Jimmy Carter.
GV: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and wife surrounded by crowd arriving at police academy.
GV: Runners on track and one of them with torch starting ceremony.
SV PAN FROM: Sadat TO officer walking up to receive award.
GV: Armed police march past.
SV INT: Sadat and Sultan of Moslem Bohra with officials entering mosque.
SV: Sadat at prayers.
SV: Sultan making speech and chandelier. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Sadat and Sultan walk up to shrine and touch it.
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Background: Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, speaking as Middle East peace efforts appeared to be slowly regaining momentum, said in Cairo on Wednesday (25 January) that he had exchanged messages with United States President Jimmy Carter.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat found time to make his announcement on the peace negotiations during a busy round of engagements on Wednesday. With his wife he attended a parade in Cairo marking Police Day-and as usual received an enthusiastic welcome from the participants.
On the subject of the peace negotiations, Egypt's Middle East News Agency-Mena-quoted Mr. Sadat as saying he has received a message from President Carter on Wednesday in reply to one he had sent on Tuesday (24 January). According to Mena, President Sadat told newsmen he would not disclose the contents of Mr. Carter's message "for the time being".
Later on Wednesday President Sadat visited the Sayeda Zeinab Mosque in Cairo for the dedication of a silver shrine donated by the Moslem Bohra group of India-a tranquil occasion in contrast to the pressures of international politics. Observers in Cairo noted on Wednesday that the personal element in Egyptian press criticism of Israel had been dropped and that one columnist who particularly angered Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had denied he was anti-semitic.
According t Reuters news agency some forward movement in the peace talks seems likely next week. Israeli officials have said the cabinet is almost certain to decide on Sunday (29 January) to resume the parallel military talks in Cairo, even though proper negotiations are not expected to begin for some time. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton is expected to shuttle between Jerusalem and Cairo to get the political talks started again. Originally he was understood to be arriving in Cairo on wednesday but embassy officials and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that they have no firm date for his arrival.